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This month, the topic is “power and ideas,” chosen by James Purnell, a former Labour minister, member of parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde from 2001 to May 2010, and currently the head of the Open Left project at Demos The Idea of Justice (2009) By Amartya Sen This book’s central idea is the importance of what Sen, an economist and philosopher, calls “capability,” but I would call power—he argues that this is not just exclusively about money. In the past, the centre left has got lost in the cul-de-sac of equality being about money. Sen’s counter-example is of…

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