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Old Identitarians

Old Identitarians

When we imagine the alt-right insurgency, we likely envision an army of Richard Spencers: angry white men with fashy haircuts marching under the banner of Pepe the Frog.

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Desperation Outweighed Apprehension

Desperation Outweighed Apprehension

In the Old World, the principal reason why populism of the right typically outpaces populism of the left is widespread fear of immigration

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‘The underfunding of healthcare in the UK is a political decision’

‘The underfunding of healthcare in the UK is a political decision’

My first home visit of the day was to a 97-year-old woman who just ‘wasn’t right’. Her daughter had phoned around ten, while I was still doing the morning clinic. Between patients I’d noticed her name pop up on the screen.

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In Italy’s centre-left, the hyphen is morphing into a wide blank space

In Italy’s centre-left, the hyphen is morphing into a wide blank space

The centre-right is still leaderless. The future is very uncertain for everyone. As a show, Italian politics is never dull – especially now.

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X: A Machine to End All Machines

X: A Machine to End All Machines

Can you feel it coming? The machine? Can you feel it, can you see it from your high window, beneath the yellow sun, in the distance, furrowing beneath that black soil as it makes its way toward you?

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Davos is particularly fond of borrowing authoritarian capitalist ideas…

Davos is particularly fond of borrowing authoritarian capitalist ideas…

While it’s easy to see how this establishment structure could provoke an uprising, two developments over the last decade have made it especially susceptible.

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‘At the heart of this game of betrayal is trust’

‘At the heart of this game of betrayal is trust’

A former MI6 agent is commissioned, by the opposition, to investigate an American presidential campaign that most people regard as a joke. He uncovers an international conspiracy led by the Russian secret services to put their man in the White House.

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“Room exists for political manoeuvre”

“Room exists for political manoeuvre”

Jürgen Habermas: The Left must regain the initiative and offer a credible response the destructive forces of unbridled capitalism.

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What Obama Saw in the Fabulous Five

What Obama Saw in the Fabulous Five

When Barack Obama was 10, his father gave him a basketball, a gift that connected the two directly. Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii and raised by his mother, Ann Dunham, who was white.

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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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