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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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A Virtual Counteroffensive

A Virtual Counteroffensive

Islamic State is "the first group of its kind to have figured out what it can achieve through social media," says former FBI agent Ali Soufan.

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Adam Staley Groves: Trump

Adam Staley Groves: Trump

Trump’s popular appeal may hinge on the fact that he is an elder baby boomer. Clearly the candidate’s on-stage behavior speaks to the generation’s contrarian disposition. For Trump rejects tradition with persistent rebelliousness.

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Canadian prime ministers have not often been all that nice….

Canadian prime ministers have not often been all that nice….

Opponents attempted to paint him as a vain celebrity, evidently failing to realize he displayed very little discernable investment in his own image or fame.

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The left in Hong Kong has been inchoate since the 1967 riots…

The left in Hong Kong has been inchoate since the 1967 riots…

“Many people ask me, should we have halted the occupation a lot earlier?” It would seem that Joshua Wong has no regrets. “We could not have stopped the movement,”

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Collective Destruction by Keith Doubt

Collective Destruction by Keith Doubt

What, then, is sociocide? Sociocide resonates with the term demodernization formulated by A. V. Tishkov to account for the consequences of the war in Chechnya.

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Arsenal Fans in the Millwall End

Arsenal Fans in the Millwall End

The media have tried to portray Corbyn as boring, but surely a vote for him in a general election would be a vote for a bloody military coup. Hardly boring.

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Adam Staley Groves: Iowa Nasty

Adam Staley Groves: Iowa Nasty

Now it seems the state’s radical conservatives are degrading the historic, populist-provincial mentality of Iowa; they are revising the state’s legacy within the broader historical context of national politics, a national politics that has had, by extension, influence on the rest of the world in terms of civil rights.

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