A staple in British Drawing Rooms in the 19th century, Punch Magazine had a close relationship to Parliament during the Victorian Era and was a celebrated critique, satire and commentary for the British Empire. Repositioning the brand to the U.S. in 2008, MATTHEW FLACKS joins Charlatan Magazine to sort politics from culture and style in the modern age.
Ascending from Birmingham England, Matthew Flacks hails from the “First Manufacturing Town of the World.” Its distinctive economic profile during the Industrial Revolution encouraged exceptional levels of creativity, and its diverse and resilient economic base resulted in social mobility, political radicalism, and the development of British democracy in the 20th century.
After graduating from King Edward’s School, famous for producing artists like J.R.R. Tolkien and “Lord of the Rings,” Matthew embarked to New Zealand where he taught English to the Maori, indigenous school children of Polynesia. Following his Gap Year, he enrolled at the prestigious University of Durham where he read Politics and Law and was summarily awarded the distinction, LL.B.
Matthew took his first job as a senior Political Analyst at DeHavilland, a definitive provider of political intelligence in the UK, by reporting on and within the Halls of Westminster. Inspired by the verbal acrobatics in the House of Parliament, Matthew then followed his proclivity to affect change at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
He has lived in Los Angeles, performed in New York, and appeared in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play, All Alone. From classical plays to works of Shakespeare, new writing projects and even the spokesperson for Weetabix, Matthew, like his forefathers in the Midlands, believes the collaboration of science, technology, economic organization and the arts has and will continue to lay the foundation for modern society.
Matthew is proud to have pioneered and pen, Posh (Port Out, Starboard Home) which looks at, examines and satirizes the Class System. Appointed Charlatan’s London Bureau Chief in 2012, Matthew says, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.”
Considered the largest migration in history, contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell about Germany’s ‘Open Door’ policy, Terrorists posing as refugees, and why the massacrers in Paris are blurring the lines between immigration and the axis of evil.
Rising economic inequality is considered the defining challenge of our time. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with Lane Kenworthy about a policy future both conservatives and liberals can embrace in “Social Democratic America.”
Nearly 100 million Native Americans have been displaced or killed. MATTHEW FLACKS remembers the genocide of America's Indigenous Peoples'.
Marc Solomon has been at the center of one of the great civil and human rights movements of our time. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS sits down with the author who recounts the struggle with some of the world’s most powerful forces and shows how advocates leveraged power, changed hearts and minds, and triumphed.
The Cuban Revolution triggered the largest exodus of unaccompanied minors in history. Carlos Eire’s painful memoir, which won the National Book Award, depicts a vibrant and colorful Havana before it is swept asunder by communism. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with the Yale professor about the Cuban Revolution, the reign of Raúl Castro, and the truth behind Cuba’s new relationship with the U.S.
Diana, Princess of Wales, believed the Royal Family was hacking into her private phone conversations and leaking those details to the press to discredit her. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with Peter Jukes about the UK Phone Hacking Scandal, the $535 million News Corp shelled out to the 718 victims of its pranks, and about the future of news, information and civility in his seminal new book, Beyond Contempt.
As the General Election unfolds, MATTHEW FLACKS chats with Sir Alan Duncan about Scotland, the SNP's coup and Hung Parliament, and why political alliances are the only way forward for the civilized world
She deposed her father, created a 2-party system, and combined England and Scotland into Great Britain. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS visits Lady Anne Somerset in London to discuss her new book, Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion.
Its the world’s most visited city. Yet for those who live in London, navigating the labyrinth of art and culture inadvertently distinguish one’s class. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS checks into the five star hotel only to find a bohemian enclave and aristocratic clique sitting down together at this proverbial, if magnificent, Moveable Feast.
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