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About Benjamin Ramm

Benjamin Ramm is editor-at-large of openDemocracy. He writes features for BBC Culture and presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4. He tweets at @BenjaminRamm

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Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Johann Hari: Uncovering the real causes of depression, and the unexpected solutions

Interview with writer Johann Hari about his new book, Lost Connections

Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis, Trump's brand, and America's war on memory

The author of No Is Not Enough says we must tackle our “inner Trump” in order to create a better world.

Love in a time of fear: an interview with Dashni Morad

‘The Shakira of Kurdistan’ discusses feminism, Kurdish unity, and healing the scars of war.

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy 

Are the people good enough?

Responses to the Brexit vote have revealed a disturbing current of anti-democratic sentiment. We need to challenge these attitudes and commit to a deeper form of democracy.

Birobidzhan - the worst good idea ever?

“When should the Jews stay put and when should the Jews run?” A new history tells the strange story of a homeland for Soviet Jews.

Trump’s victory: the ‘whitelash’ against the liberal order

The new nativism thrives off the failures of neoliberalism. We have entered a dangerous era of anti-liberalism.

A conversation with Madeleine Thien

Benjamin Ramm talks to the author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

Democracy after Brexit: We are at a 'point of decision'

After the Brexit vote, many are questioning the UK's model of democracy. openDemocracy asked Professor Paul Cartledge, Cambridge University historian and author of Democracy: A Life, to put the system in context.

Whose morality? Johann Hari on the future of the ‘war on drugs’

“If your morality doesn’t look at the actual practical effects of what you’re doing, it’s not a moral debate, it’s just posturing.”

‘You can’t deny the people forever’. Kurdish voices in exile

Over baklava and sweet tea, openDemocracy hears about Turkey’s post-coup crackdown and the dreams of an independent Kurdistan.

We need to rethink the relationship between mental health and political violence

Simplistic, sensationalist media coverage of terrorism obscures our understanding of its causes, and hinders our ability to prevent it.

If the Left wants to win again, it must learn the art of storytelling

In post-truth Brexit Britain, politics has become a storytelling competition. The Left must respond with a vision of solidarity and liberation.

Slavoj Žižek habla sobre el Brexit, la crisis de la izquierda, y el futuro de Europa

“La supervivencia del proyecto europeo es un tema demasiado importante para que se decida a través de un referéndum” le dice el filósofo esloveno a Benjamin Ramm. English

Slavoj Žižek on Brexit, the crisis of the Left, and the future of Europe

The Slovenian philosopher tells Benjamin Ramm that the survival of the European project is too important to be left to a referendum. Español

Todd Gitlin: 'There was always a constructive ambiguity about Obama'

Todd Gitlin discusses Obama's legacy, Donald Trump, and the future of Bernie Sanders’ movement.

We face a national emergency. Only an alliance of progressive forces can save Britain now.

The Brexit crisis offers a unique opportunity to build a politics of plurality and solidarity.

An unprecedented act of self-sabotage

Never has a nation relegated itself into obscurity with such needless, reckless abandon. 

Torment in the clutter

Thy Father’s Chair explores the relationship between mental health and domestic disorder. At the Open City Documentary Festival, 23 June 2016.

The Idea of Europe

What does it mean to be European in a globalised world? After an extreme twentieth century, Europe must look to its intellectual and cultural heritage to re-imagine its identity.

The long shadow of Empire has cast a pall over the EU referendum

The cry of 'Rule Britannia' reveals not a yearning for sovereignty, but a lament for the loss of empire.

"Our children are dying": meet the activists saying 'no more' to the 'war on drugs'

In April, openDemocracy was in New York to meet the Caravan Activists, a remarkable group of men and women, who have lost loved ones to the 'war on drugs'. Now they campaign to change the system.

‘Un símbolo de vida’: cuando tomar drogas es un acto sagrado

La guerra contra las drogas se presenta como una lucha contra ciertos males sociales. Pero desde los Andes hasta el Caribe, lo que la prohibición ha criminalizado son expresiones culturales. English

‘Symbol of life’: where taking drugs is a sacred act

The war on drugs is presented as a battle against social evils. But from the Andes to the Caribbean, prohibition has criminalised cultural expression. Español

UNGASS 2016: ¿Estamos cerca de acabar con la adicción a la prohibición?

El mercado de la droga, sin regulación y sin licencia, es la forma más pura y más mortífera de capitalismo, ese que prioriza el beneficio por encima de todo. English

At the United Nations, are we any closer to ending the global addiction to prohibition?

The unregulated, unlicensed drug market is the purest, most deadly form of capitalism – prioritising profit above all else. It is time for an approach rooted in public health rather than criminal justice. Español

Art, socialism, and the political imagination

"The liberators are imprisoned in their vision of liberation, trapped between a failed present and a future that is yet to be born"

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