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As promised, today Catherine Fieschi, former director of Demos, hits back at Phillip Blond’s call for “progressive conservatism.” It’s an ideological con, she says; one which creates an illusion of contradiction while in fact “smuggling in a notion of progress that would sit very well with 18th century industrialists.” With the financial crisis and oncoming recession, we are experiencing a time of fear and doubt. But this does not mean we should buy into a distorted fiction—the type of which Rousseau would certainly…

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