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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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The daunting task of repair

The leading historian of liberalism debates the rise of the Hard Right and what can be done... "We’re close, or close enough, it seems to me on essentials: on what liberalism is and isn’t, on how liberalism is failing and on how much tougher liberals ought to be in their own defence."

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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

The daunting task of repair

The leading historian of liberalism debates the rise of the Hard Right and what can be done... "We’re close, or close enough, it seems to me on essentials: on what liberalism is and isn’t, on how liberalism is failing and on how much tougher liberals ought to be in their own defence."

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Is Yugoslavia an “alien” or are we alien to Yugoslavia?

What is the lesson of the historical sequence of socialist Yugoslavia and its disintegration for our own dystopian moment?

In remembrance of Kristallnacht

On this eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, it is our duty not only to stand up against antisemitism, but all sorts of oppression.

"Tickers of terror" – the crisis of Polish media as told by news crawls

As Poland prepares for another divisive and violent independence day holiday on 11 November (celebrating "100 years of independence"), we look at the polarising TV coverage of last year’s event.

Reflections on the ‘open letter’ debate: a middle way to approaching the radical right?

How should we study, present, and represent the radical right? Some from among the hitherto quiet observers speak up, in the interests of a broader conversation.

How can Europe survive the extinction of its ruling élite?

The problem of Europe is that it is like those Catholic marriages with no divorce clause which had the tendency to become a cage of mutual hypocrisy – cheating, if not violent.

Varoufakis and Sanders: how to organize a progressive international? A contribution

The precariat is a new global class. However, this class needs political representation and social power. Can the Progressive International be one way to do this?

The tightrope of Brexit and class appeal: can Corbyn make it?

If Labour seeks to mobilize its traditional working-class base, changes in MPs´ backgrounds may be far more relevant than any change in its policies.

“I’d prefer to die in Poland”: Chechnya’s most famous YouTuber in exile faces deportation to Russia

After fleeing Chechnya, blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov came to command a million-strong audience online. But now he could become the latest person to face “secret” deportation from Poland.

Migration complexity requires a less conditional compassion

We must not replace misleading and dehumanising portraits of migration with mono-dimensional accounts of vulnerability and victimhood, which paradoxically continue to set those on the move apart from us.

The Orthodox church and a very Balkan affair

A Ukrainian church with Philaret as Patriarch is more likely to end up as a cheaply disguised religious cover for a brutal war, rather, than as a harbinger of peace. 

Kosovo and Serbia: the ideology of negotiations

It is urgently necessary to mobilise, not only against the existing form of negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia, but also against the eventual agreement, and possible result of, the present negotiations.

“Same story, different soil”: the Deathscapes Project gets under way

Hawk Newsome: “It’s the same story, different soil... from Long Bay to the USA. In Sydney, his name is David Dungay. In New York City, his name is Eric Garner.”

Matteo Salvini – Italy’s salvation?

Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that Italy's populists in power, though unavoidable, will end up like many governments before them – mugged by harsh reality?

Meme warfare in the Swedish context

The alt-right mobilised online to back far-right parties at Sweden's general election – but are their tactics no longer effective?

The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk seriously about immigration

There is a key democracy argument in this new book which calls for an urgent step change in our liberal democracies and a new type of political leadership.

Trump or Brussels: Brexit and the art of 'No deal'

Even if the UK parliament approves a Brexit agreement it will satisfy no one. The real choice the country faces is beween re-entering the EU or becoming a satellite of Washington.

Steven Pinker and Jordan Peterson: the missing link between neoliberalism and the radical right

The academics have distanced themselves from the fringes of the right, but their ideas have gained currency there.

The killing of Zak: the astonishing violence and impunity of Greek police

Police were seen hitting him with a baton, kicking him, stepping on him, and finally handcuffing him – while he appeared motionless. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

15M's social and political effects in Spain

General prospects for Spaniards are not promising, and, in many cases, worse than in 2011. So in what sense can it be said that after 15M, mentalities have changed?

A message to progressives delivered in Rome: ground zero of the European crisis

DiEM25 will contest the European elections in Italy, with a European programme offering a coherent alternative to the implicit but destructive alliance between the oligarchic establishment and Salvini’s nationalism.

On movements and platforms… in defense of political parties

Ahead of the May 2019 European elections, liberal parties should not give in to the empty promises of movement politics, but must adapt to meet the needs of their voters.

Identity politics benefits the Right. But not for long?

Identity politics favours the political Right, since they are trying to win over a more homogenous group. Nowadays, as a result, the US eerily resembles Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Agora Europe disembarks in the UK

It is a paradoxical time in which it is possible to create a transnational, European anti-Europe league, but seemingly impossible to create a pro-European one. Time to talk.

Poland's left must offer a real alternative to break the right-wing deadlock

The decimated left faces a considerable challenge in distinguishing itself from the liberal opposition.

The politics of artificial intelligence: an interview with Louise Amoore

Artificial intelligence, in settings as diverse as politics, commerce, policing and warfare, amplifies longstanding prejudices circumscribing access to the political public sphere, changing our relations to ourselves and others.

The EU call it copyright, but it is massive Internet censorship and must be stopped

We citizens battling for civil rights on the Internet will meet our obligation and fight the good fight. We’ll stop this attack on the Internet and democracy sooner or later.

"Deal" or "Secret Deal" – the EU-UK trade deal looks even more secretive than TTIP

While the media focus on the withdrawal deal, City lobbyists are working to set the agenda of the future EU-UK trade deal, whilst the public is kept in the dark.

The populists: what is to be done?

It is all too easy to throw up one’s hands in despair at the advance of the populists. Easy, but wrong.

The violent reality of the EU border: police brutality in the Balkans

Those prepared to make a stand against Croatian border violence in the EU parliament are in the minority, with the rise of the far right across Europe.

Framing ethnic diversity as a 'threat' will normalise far-right hate, say academics

An open letter from academics opposed to the mainstreaming of far right ideas as open debate, such as the forthcoming debate with Claire Fox, David Aaronovitch, Trevor Phillips and academics Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann.