How do people acquire knowledge and understanding of the world they are in?
Who has access to the resources and maps facilitating research and debate?
How is power mobilised to shape ideas and ideologies?
Socialist Register 2006 considers contemporary debate, policy-making, research, education, and scientific practice generally as it relates to the role of the state in intellectual life, the press and the media.
It investigates the management of scientific publications, the Internet, the influence of think-tanks, foundations, political parties and the World Bank. What standards of integrity exist? How important are new intellectual currents? (including post-modernism) and what are the effects and after-effects? It investigates the quality of thought, the extent of freedom for critical and heterodox thought and the formation of intellectuals.