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David Standen is a recovering philosopher and writer with an interest in politics, humanitarianism, and animal cognition and personhood. He studied for his PhD at UEA and now spends most of his time worrying. Find him on Twitter @DvdJnStndn

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Is it ok to punch Nazis in the face? That's beside the point

Violent resistance can be counterproductive, bruising individuals but leaving their hateful ideas untouched.

The appropriation of victimhood

The “post-truth” issue is intimately tied to the ability of powerful people to fabricate victimhood.

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