Dr Philip Bounds

Historian ~ Journalist ~ Critic


Dr Philip Bounds is a historian, journalist and critic. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Wales and has worked as a lecturer at a number of universities. A few years ago he committed professional suicide by leaving his job at Swansea University after a row over a contract. Since then he has made a living as a freelance journalist and independent scholar.

Philip has specialised in the history of ideas. He is particularly interested in the intellectual history of the British left and in the efforts of British Marxists to write about literary and cultural themes. He has written well-received books on George Orwell, British Marxist literary criticism and the history of Media and Cultural Studies. Philip has recently completed a memoir about life on the left in Britain since the early 1980s. He fondly believes that it reveals some embarrassing truths about the motives which lead people to become involved in the left in the first place. He sits on the editorial board of Fifth Estate Online – A Journal of Radical Mass Media Criticism. His articles, reviews and essays have appeared in a range of journals and newspapers including Cultural LogicNature, Society and ThoughtCritiqueFifth Estate OnlineFreedom in a Puritan AgeThe Individual, the Morning StarWeekly Worker and Caravan.

Philip thinks of himself as a libertarian Marxist. His enduring belief is that individual liberty can only be achieved in a socialist society. He is almost as preoccupied with the work of John Stuart Mill as with the writings of Marx, Trotsky and Gramsci. This fact has not always gone down well with his friends on the left.