only search openDemocracy.net

This week’s editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Nationalism as a substitute for equality

Real equality cannot be achieved through distribution alone, but by relying on personal relationships with one another. If we are to reduce inequality, and fight populism, we must rehabilitate equality. Interview. Español

Critical voices in critical times: Fanon, race & politics - an interview with Mireille Fanon-Mendès France (part 1 of 2)

Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, activist, scholar, and daughter of Frantz Fanon, talks about the enduring relevance of his ideas and passions in contemporary political life.

Populism, terrorism, and the crisis in western democracies: an interview with Iran’s former president

Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first post-revolutionary president, discusses neo-liberalism, the crisis in western democracies, and the relationship between Islamic terrorism and the rise of far-right politics.

Centrists must embrace anti-elitism or face extinction.

Instead of aping chauvinism, centrists must respond imaginatively to the anti-political sentiment behind Brexit and the rise of far right parties.

Russell Brand was right - 'left/right' politics in the UK is over

A former BBC editor argues that the system is close to breaking point and meaningful voting and participative democracy, rather than revolution, must be the answer.

Lessons from America, possibilities for left populism?

On this week’s show Aaron Bastani and James Butler discuss the De Blasio victory in the race for the New York mayoralty, is it possible here?

Russell Brand, populism and a collapsing centre

Russell Brand said nothing unusual in his interview with Jeremy Paxman and yet it's been watched over 9m times and the debate is still raging. Why?

Chávez and Thatcher, exemplars of charismatic leadership

Chávez’s style of populism and Thatcher’s enthusiasm for privatization have spawned imitators in many parts of the world. The originals remain charismatic – meaning what exactly?

Syndicate content