Anthony Barnett (writer)
Anthony Barnett (born November 1942) is the Founder of openDemocracy. He is a British writer and a campaigner for democracy. 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.
A former member of the editorial committee of New Left Review, Barnett writes for the New Statesman and the Guardian. He has also written for Prospect. He conceived the television film England's Henry Moore (1988), which concerned the sculptor's co-option by the British establishment.
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.
Barnett is a writer of articles, blog posts and long essays on a regular basis for openDemocracy. 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 What Next: Britain after Brexit will be published by Unbound in 2017.
A writer and organiser he is the author of:
- Aftermath, Vietnam and Cambodia (1982) with John Pilger ISBN 978-0-900962-11-0
- Iron Britannia, Why Parliament Waged its Falklands War (1982) 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 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 with Peter Cary (2008) ISBN 978-1-84540-139-9
- "Anthony Barnett: a radical's fanfare". opendemocracy.net. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
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