Berfrois

We are bound by no need to project reassurance…

We are bound by no need to project reassurance…

I went on the international cable news channel France 24 last night, and gave interviews to both the French and English services of the network in my capacity as a founder of the After Trump movement.

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Adam Staley Groves: Belief in Voting

Adam Staley Groves: Belief in Voting

The fairy tale, that one single act of decision at the ballot box—supposedly someday in November—maybe the 8th or 28th has bearing or meaning, is coming to an end for many believers.

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‘You remember that footage’

‘You remember that footage’

I dedicate my No-Trump vote to my 15 year old son, Jude. Jude was born with an extremely rare physical disability that impacts his speech profoundly. When Jude talks, it’s much like encountering someone with a heavy foreign accent.

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‘What is up with this dude?’

‘What is up with this dude?’

I first moved to San Clemente, Calif., in 2007, my last year of graduate school, renting a house in town about a mile up the coast from the so-called Western White House, the beachfront estate Richard Nixon bought in 1969 shortly after winning the presidency.

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Keith Doubt: Faltering

Keith Doubt: Faltering

It is Trump’s political legitimacy, however unthinkable, rather than his personality or his rhetoric, that now empowers his campaign. But this is nothing new. Twenty years ago, we watched nationalist leaders display all of these issues vividly on global media during the Bosnian War.

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The Cat Chooses

The Cat Chooses

Whether the issue is war or Brexit, many of us today assume that democracy requires the government to do what we collectively choose to do. One reason why this is not a wise way to think about democracy is that it places all the importance on the ability to...

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Real life is the poor, lost cousin of pretence…

Real life is the poor, lost cousin of pretence…

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, 20th Television, 2016 From The London Review of Books: People now talk about big drama serials the way they used to talk about classic novels. If there’s one you haven’t caught up with you feel embarrassed,...

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Every dinner table in North London was doing the same, probably…

Every dinner table in North London was doing the same, probably…

The first instinct of many Remain voters on the left was that this was only about immigration. When the numbers came in and the class and age breakdown became known, a working-class populist revolution came more clearly into view, although of the kind that always perplexes middle-class liberals who...

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Hospitals tend not to have a bar…

Hospitals tend not to have a bar…

The government believes that death rates are going up because doctors are lazy, rather than because we’ve started making disabled people work on building sites.

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Corbyn’s Momentum

Corbyn’s Momentum

For a week or so it was open season on the antiwar coalition. One effect was to scare the Greens and cause the party’s former leader Caroline Lucas to resign from the STW committee.

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#Ausnahmslos

#Ausnahmslos

Media coverage of the recent violence in Cologne is perpetuating sexism and racism in the name of feminism. On 9 January, the German magazine Focus carried a photograph on its cover of a naked white woman with black handprints all over her body.

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The Russian Party

The Russian Party

The Russian Party was made up of prominent historians, writers, journalists and editors. These people had access to all the levers that influenced public opinion and created more or less well-organized subcultures.

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Messing With Texas

Messing With Texas

Whenever we’re in danger of forgetting that the modern Republican Party is captive to a movement, one new excitement or another will jolt us back to reality.

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