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Adam Ramsay

Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracy UK

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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."

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.

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?

#LulaLivre: 4 things you should know

The campaign for the up and coming presidential elections in Brazil officially began on the 15th of August, in a context of political chaos and uncertainty. What can we expect given the current circumstances? Español

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.

BBC Diversity – getting through The Moral Maze

"This story starts with an invitation to appear as witness on “The Morality of Diversity” in the BBC Radio 4 “The Moral Maze” series, presented by Michael Buerk..."

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.

La generación del milenio y la política: ¿hay esperanzas?

Los millennials se encuentran con unos sistemas políticos que no se parecen en nada a como son ellos, que no hablan su mismo idioma y que no abordan sus principales preocupaciones. Pero todo esto podría estar cambiando. English

Multicultural Nationalism

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

Facebook and journalism. Part two

Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

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.”

Democracy eats its parents!

"If a principled yet powerful leader does emerge, he can only come from yesterday’s disempowered classes."

¿Golpe fallido en Nicaragua?

Aunque la presión internacional continúa, a mediados de julio quedó claro que, de momento, la oposición en Nicaragua no cuenta con el apoyo local suficiente para lograr sus objetivos. English

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.

#SOSVenezuela: migrants or refugees?

The Venezuelan migratory crisis has the potential to surpass that of Syria. We are faced with a huge regional refugee crisis, not a mere wave of economic migration. Español

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.

Turkey: the organic crisis of a post-populist moment

How can we make better sense of debates about populism. Can there be a progressive populism? Is populism really a danger for the survival of democracy or a key to democracy’s future?

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.

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.

Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

Liberals against nationalism in Central Europe? It would have been a nice idea

The problem with Central European liberal anti-nationalism is not that it went too far, but that it never really existed.

The unsettling denialism in Poland’s ‘National Remembrance’ Law

There is a growing climate of suspicion and hostility towards those viewed as outsiders to the predominantly white and Catholic nation.

#AbortoLegalYa in Argentina: What you should know

Thanks to the pressure of the movement #AbortoLegalYa, the Chamber of Deputies passed the draft bill on voluntary interruption of pregnancies. We now await the final vote on the 8th of August in the Senate. Español

Una mini revolución en América Latina

¿Puede una organización de derechos humanos en América Latina liberarse del modelo tradicional de sostenibilidad financiera que depende casi en un 100% de financiación internacional? ¡Sí se puede! English

A mini revolution in Latin America: centering a human rights NGO’s funding model on the local community – It can be done!

Can a human rights organization in Latin America free itself from the traditional model of financial sustainability that depends nearly 100% on international funders? Yes, it can. Español

Let the best worldview win: using reason to maintain dignity and fend off the Religious Right

A review of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt, (Blackwell's 2012).

Negotiating Brexit from the ground up

Having a national conversation is no small task.  However the principles are simple and their implementation is absolutely possible. 

The Code of Conduct for Antisemitism: a tale of two texts

Ironically, it is the drafters of the Labour party’s NEC Code, not their critics, who have grasped the meaning of ‘working definition’.

Do we need a (legal) definition of anti-Semitism?

Drawing on the IHRA definition without the problematic examples, the new code of conduct adopted by the Labour party is a step in the right direction.

The Turkish election as a warning against the irresistible charms of populism

We urgently need a constructive and open dialogue between different strands of thought within the populism theoretical oeuvre, if we are to develop progressive political strategies.

Lula and the future of the Brazilian coup

The coup government has failed to overcome the political crisis and reactivate the economy 2 years after impeaching ex-president Rousseff. What will happen now that their main opponent is behind bars? Español

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