Anthony Barnett (writer)

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Anthony Barnett

Anthony Barnett (born November 1942[1]) is a modern English writer and campaigner. He was a co-founder of openDemocracy in 2001.


Barnett was a student at Cambridge University, where he was active in the Labour Club, and lodged with Nicholas Kaldor.

A former member of the editorial committee of New Left Review, Barnett has written for the New Statesman, The Guardian[2][3] and Prospect.[4] He conceived the television film England's Henry Moore (1988), which concerned the sculptor's co-option by the British establishment.

He was the first Director of Charter 88 from 1988 to 1995 and Co-Director of the Convention on Modern Liberty (2008–2009) with Henry Porter.[5]

In 2001 he founded openDemocracy with Paul Hilder, Susie Richards and David Hayes and was its Editor and then its Editor-in-Chief until 2007. He remains a regular contributor to the website.[6] In 2016, he serialised Blimey it could be Brexit! publishing a chapter a week in the run up to Britain's EU referendum about the forces behind the vote. His in-depth evaluation was announced to be published by Unbound in 2017 (What Next: Britain after Brexit). The title was changed to The Lure of Greatness: England’s Brexit and America’s Trump.[7] In 2022 he published Taking Control! Humanity and America after Trump and the Pandemic with Repeater Books, on the possibilities of a progressive future.[8]

Barnett was awarded an honorary doctorate from The Open University in September 2013, and an honorary doctorate from Goldsmiths University in 2019.([1]). He lives with Judith Herrin; the couple have two daughters, the singer Tamara Barnett-Herrin and Portia Barnett-Herrin.[citation needed]

Barnett has endorsed Joe Biden for re-election in the 2024 U.S. Presidential election, stating that he does not believe Joe Biden to be a racist, as opposed to Donald Trump, who Barnett has referred to as a "fascist." Citing Biden's enthusiastic appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, Barnett opines "[he believes] Biden [supports] integration" and thus deserves a second term.[9]


  • Barnett, Anthony & John Pilger (1982). Aftermath : the struggle of Cambodia & Vietnam. London: New Statesman.
  • Iron Britannia, Why Parliament Waged its Falklands War (1982)[10] ISBN 978-0-85031-493-9
  • Soviet Freedom (1988) ISBN 978-0-09-175871-4
  • Debating the Constitution (1992) with Caroline Ellis and Paul Hirst[11] ISBN 978-0-7456-1199-0
  • Power and the Throne (1994), drawn from the Charter 88 monarchy debate ISBN 978-0-09-939311-5
  • This Time - Our Constitutional Revolution (1997) ISBN 978-0-09-926858-1
  • Town and Country (1999) edited with Roger Scruton ISBN 978-0-224-05254-2
  • The Athenian Option, Radical reform of the House of Lords[12] with Peter Cary (2008) ISBN 978-1-84540-139-9
  • The Lure of Greatness: England's Brexit and America's Trump (2017) ISBN 978-1-78352-453-2[7]
  • Taking Control!: Humanity and America After Trump and the Pandemic (2022) ISBN 9781914420269

Essays and reporting


  1. ^ "Anthony Harold BARNETT personal appointments - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Writers – Anthony Barnett". New Statesman. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Anthony Barnett". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Articles by Anthony Barnett". Prospect. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Anthony Barnett: a radical's fanfare". Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Anthony Barnett". openDemocracy. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b "".
  8. ^ ""Taking Control"".
  9. ^ David Pakman interviews Anthony Barnett on July 14th, 2022
  10. ^ Barnett, Anthony (1982). Iron Britannia. London: Allison & Busby. ISBN 0-85031-494-1. OCLC 9824963.
  11. ^ Debating the constitution : new perspectives on constitutional reform. Anthony Barnett, Caroline Ellis, Paul Q. Hirst, Charter. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. 1993. ISBN 0-7456-1199-0. OCLC 28806815.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ Barnett, Anthony (2008). The Athenian option : radical reform for the House of Lords. Peter Carty. Exeter: Imprint Academic. ISBN 978-1-84540-140-5. OCLC 213307144.

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