Anthony Barnett (writer)

Anthony Barnett (born November 1942) is the Founder of openDemocracy and Co-Editor of OurKingdom, its UK section. 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.[1]

He 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 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.

He lives with Judith Herrin and they have two daughters, the singer Tamara Barnett Herrin and Portia Barnett-Herrin.

Barnett is a writer of articles, blog posts and long essays on a regular basis for openDemocracy.


A writer and organiser he is the author of:


External links

  • Journalisted - Articles by Anthony Barnett
  • Convention on Modern Liberty.

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