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Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The upheavals we are witnessing are a political response to a political failure of historic proportions, argues the most popular political philosopher of his generation. Obama’s presidency was the last, late opportunity for liberalism to make a change, an opportunity not taken.

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Why I am not a Liberal and how we need to fight bin Trump and Brexit

Trumpism cannot be defeated by seeing it as irrational – nor by withdrawing from Europe. Response to Jan Zielonka and Michael Sandel on the role of liberalism in the rise of the hard right.

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Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The upheavals we are witnessing are a political response to a political failure of historic proportions, argues the most popular political philosopher of his generation. Obama’s presidency was the last, late opportunity for liberalism to make a change, an opportunity not taken.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Why I am not a Liberal and how we need to fight bin Trump and Brexit

Trumpism cannot be defeated by seeing it as irrational – nor by withdrawing from Europe. Response to Jan Zielonka and Michael Sandel on the role of liberalism in the rise of the hard right.

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England is restless, change is coming

The Labour MP and senior shadow cabinet member calls for a constitutional convention to wrest power from the UK's unaccountable, neoliberal elite.

An open letter to UK university lecturers

Whether it’s the restructuring of lecturers' pensions in the UK or the introduction of selective entrance requirements to French universities — the struggle is one and the same.

Understanding the rise of Orban: a lesson for western democracies in crisis

Capitalism without oversight has the inherent possibility to destroy democracy – no matter how long it has been functioning in a given country.

The illiberal tandem vs Europe

It’s not only the language and resetting of the agenda that the ruling parties of Hungary and Poland have in common. However, they do not mirror each other either.

Why I am not a Liberal and how we need to fight bin Trump and Brexit

Trumpism cannot be defeated by seeing it as merely irrational - nor by withdrawing from Europe.

Political precariat

The concept of the precariat has explanatory power day-to-day and transformative potential in the socio-political world. For a just and honorable life, we need the political precariat.

Trump’s folly with Iran means Europe must show what it stands for

A collapse of the Iran nuclear agreement could spark catastrophic, global conflict. Time for Europeans to close the gap between words and action.

Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The most popular political philosopher of his generation makes an invaluable contribution to openDemocracy's debate on liberal responsiblity worldwide for the rise of the hard right.

Where next for migrant Roma communities post-Brexit?

Those committed to ‘freedom of movement’ still have to address their ambivalence regarding migrant Roma communities, who are amongst the most vulnerable groups in UK society.

Don't invoke the NHS to sell a false idea of 'good nationalism'

This isn't 'good nationalism'. This is nationalism - as ever, in an English context - as forgetting. A response to Zoe Williams.

As Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections shut down, SCL Group's defence work needs real scrutiny

We can’t understand the significance of Cambridge Analytica without looking at the network it sits in, and how inadequate controls nurtured aspects of this networks’ development.

Amber Rudd, the Windrush scandal and the reluctant Remainer

The Windrush scandal is undoubtedly the scene of a crime, multiple crimes. But which scene and what crime now needs maximum public exposure?

Why the election of the Nigerian-born Senator Tony Iwobi is not a symptom of progress in Italy

Senator Iwobi represents the late attempt by an Italian far-right party to show the world that it does not discriminate on the basis of the geographical origin of an individual.

The revenge against the commons

Why France’s biggest police operation since May 1968 is prepared to kill for Macron’s neoliberal nightmare (10k words).

The crime of aggression, the UK and France: time to show leadership on the principles of international law at the International Criminal Court

This is far more important for justice and peace in the world than protecting future leaders who would be responsible for a crime of aggression.

Chronic human rights problems of Turkey during the EU accession process

Will the European adventure that has continued for years with both sides escalating the tension and turning their backs on each other, finally end?

Europe must honour its commitments: protect the nuclear deal

From an Iranian standpoint there continues to be a huge gap between what had been promised and what has actually been delivered.

What is the meaning of the Five Star Movement?

Although it took different paths, what happened in Italy is similar to what has happened in France: both countries saw their traditional main parties from the left and the right implode.

Can grassroots historical initiatives bridge the gap between Poland and Ukraine?

With politicians in both countries unwilling to back down over worrying historical legislation, it’s up to historians, activists and journalists to reshape Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Madrid as a place of democratic innovation

An exuberant ecosystem of citizen practices and self-managed spaces has turned Madrid into an international reference of the urban commons. Español, Português

How to contain the hard right

The question is, why do even the most enlightened liberals such as Fawcett and Barnett not really try to offer a set of specific policies to forge a liberal comeback?

Relaunching French – a very messy business

Like-minded thinkers find it rather depressing that the Francophone equivalent of the battle Salman Rushdie fought 30 years ago – against the concept of “Commonwealth literature” – has yet to commence.

The French army and the values of the Republic: on military entrism in education

Promoting independence and emancipation of education from corporations and the army and instilling critical thinking are still the best ways to prevent the narrowing of our freedoms.

Europe's duty to save journalists

The murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Ján Kuciak and many other journalists were not due to fate, but to structural deficiencies in state institutions that should have protected them.

The European Left’s Machiavellian moment: notes on Costas Douzinas’ 'Syriza in Power'

Syriza’s electoral victory displayed the ability of the radical left to travel the path from resistance and revolt to rule, in the turbulent opening which is the Machiavellian moment. Book review.

Straight talk on trade, international institutions, Greek austerity and inequality

European austerity is a politics of power. It’s a banker protection racket. And the fact is, the strategy has now failed.

Decolonising migrant resistance: from #Refugeeswelcome to ‘These Walls Must Fall’

The discourse of #Refugeeswelcome is built on the Euro-centric dichotomy of ‘good migrant’ and ‘bad migrant’, whose uncritical adoption leads directly to the ‘unwelcoming’ environment intact throughout Europe.

Poor child healthcare in Bulgaria and Romania

Similar problems are observed as in Romania, joined by Bulgaria at the bottom of the league table in terms of infant mortality in the EU.

The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

UBI: balancing progress and protection

Why we need to be able to think in terms of a brave new world.