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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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Flesh of my flesh: democracy and totalitarianism

Every year, on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, should Liberal Democracy be left out of the discussion?

The trade deal which fines governments for acting on climate change

An obscure agreement – the Energy Charter Treaty – allows energy firms to sue countries who take action to stop climate breakdown.

Greece, August 2018: a mid-term report from a Syriza MP

"Are the critics of Tsipras right?  This is the first government in a European crisis country that will complete its full term. Look at the facts."

Brexit is a consequence of low upward mobility

In the Brexit referendum, UK citizens were pleading through their vote – and non-vote – for a fair shot at the future.

A call for an international right of hospitality on World Humanitarian Day

In the current situation there is a crying need to limit the arbitrariness of States by confronting them with legitimate and internationally recognized counter-powers.

When liberals have had enough: a new wave of protests in Romania

Whereas the stereotypical pro-government voter consumes partisan local media; by contrast, the stereotypical protester in Bucharest owns an iPhone and reads international newspapers online.

Appeal from a political economist: the left internationalist case for a second referendum on Brexit

The critical consideration is the strategic interests of that sector of the global corporate and wealth elites who want the dissolution of the EU as a bulwark against unfettered capitalism.

The danger of nationalisms today: a four-part essay on the lethal logic of the Monocultural National Us

Nationalisms of one kind or another have been with modern human society for centuries. Why write now to urge new attention to the current upsurge in nationalisms?

Disobedient democracies on Europe’s periphery: why are these crucial for rebuilding the left?

Rebuilding the left and reversing the democratic erosion which we are currently witnessing across Europe and the US are one and the same project.

Looking at Lexit : Everyday Lexiteers - Interview 3 : Oliver

"When viewed in [the] Europe-wide context, it becomes clear that a vote for Leave is not a vote for UKIP or for neoliberalism. In fact, it may deprive such forces of the international structures which sustain them."

No, the racial diversity of a country does not perfectly predict pro-immigrant attitudes

Given the political salience of immigration and how affected we are by our own perceptions of immigration, it is critical that we get the details right.

Theodor Adorno and the Prague Spring 1968

There was nearly society-wide consensus that as a power, the communist party could create a more democratic and humane society than those in western liberal capitalism.

Hungary and the end of democracy

Hungary has taken its leave of democracy and has transformed itself into a dictatorship.

The case of the Sarost 5: black holes of responsibility in the central Mediterranean

With EU states brushing away their responsibilities to provide a port of safety for people rescued at sea, weaker parties are left to deal with the consequences of this deadly approach.

The great Greek wildfires

With incentives for property speculators being as high as ever and budgets shrunk to a bare minimum, the Greek fire brigade might not have faced its hardest test yet.

Multicultural Nationalism

Does multicultural nationalism represent the political idea and tendency most likely to offer a feasible alternative rallying point to monocultural nationalism?

The neo-fascist moment of neoliberalism

How can we understand the simultaneous rise of the far right and the authoritarian evolution of neoliberalism? We need an antifascism that can highlight the latter’s role in this “neo-fascist moment.”

The cure for the abuse of nationalism? More democracy

If democracy is to survive, there must be a step change to an empowerment which comes from government by the people. Pt.4 of 4.

How the lethal logic of the Monocultural National Us is at work in Zionism and Brexit

The Monocultural National Us wreaks havoc all over the world. How do we loosen its grip on our imaginations, and what might this mean for the defence of our democracies? Pt.3 of 4.

Stealing a dream: young migrants living through anti-immigrant times

In the cacophony of opinion surrounding the ‘migrant crisis’ those least heard are young migrants themselves. Les Back and Shamser Sinha have spent ten years listening to those voices in London, which they’ve now collected into the book Migrant City.

Everything that is wrong is the fault of '68: regaining cultural hegemony by trashing the left

In the burgeoning literature on the populist right, smouldering resentment has so far not been sufficiently appreciated and expressed.

The hard right and the open left

One of the main reasons liberal democracy appears to be imploding is that the liberal international capitalist order on which it has been based for the last seventy years is imploding.

The lessons of the World Cup for our victim culture

If these rebels hadn’t somehow found the courage to strike out in bold, new and, frankly, dangerous directions, we would all be the poorer for it.

Our nationalist stories about ourselves can be benign or dangerous – how can we tell the difference?

Why it is so difficult to differentiate between good and bad nationalisms, and why the World Cup might help us. Pt.2 of 4.

On the wrong side of history: the dangers facing Brexitland

"Britain is sadly leading the way in a regressive, narrow-minded and divisive politics... I am leaving behind a Brexit Britain that is rudderless, leaderless and completely hollow within."

Which conflicts strengthen a democracy, and which tear it apart? How Europe is finding out

Outlining a couple of debates, and the concept of the Monocultural National Us. Why should we be on the look out for its presence in our lives? Pt.1 of 4.

Revealed: how the UK’s powerful right-wing think tanks and Conservative MPs work together

The Institute of Economic Affairs, accused of offering US donors access to government ministers, is among right-wing think tanks meeting monthly. Conservative MPs have attended, too.

Recovering human dignity: Richard Bernstein on the relevance of Hannah Arendt today

Arendt’s fundamental insight was that humans are not born equal; rather, a political construction is needed to create equality of public voice. Review.

Subverting democracy without vote-rigging

Recent events in some prominent democratic nations have highlighted the internal threats that are hard to see and even harder to counter. A military dictator can be identified.

How Montenegro could start World War III

The Balkans did not start World War I. It was started in Vienna, Berlin, St Petersburg, Paris and London…