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Entering Brexit Britain

Entering Brexit Britain

I was 25 when I first set foot in Britain in 1995, incidentally the same year Bill Bryson published his bestselling travelogue Notes from a Small Island. Voted by BBC Radio 4 listeners...

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Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Here’s the question everyone else keeps asking themselves (ourselves), and each other, and, I suppose, in the case of certain reporters who dare to engage them directly, the actual people under consideration: Why, regardless, of what he does, do they keep supporting this man?

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Antisemitism Weaponised

Antisemitism Weaponised

I’m not arguing that centre-right and right-wing critics of antisemitism are antisemitic, but their campaign has a ferocious hygiene about it that carries unpleasant and ironic resonances...

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The Fourth and Fifth Waves

The Fourth and Fifth Waves

Everyone knows the first 3 waves of feminism: the first was the political fight for women’s suffrage , the second was the revival of the struggle around...

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Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

After Tito’s death in 1980 the system entered its final decade, characterized by internal political crisis and external economic pressure...

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Central Europe

Central Europe

One way to understand central Europe today is to examine the legacy of two towering figures, Václav Havel and Viktor Orbán...

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Towards Right and Left 2.0?

Towards Right and Left 2.0?

The political ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ are going through significant transformations. Both wings are becoming more polarised and radical...

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‘There’s some unattractive social snobbery in their suggestion’

‘There’s some unattractive social snobbery in their suggestion’

Middle-class families protest at their exclusion from grammar schools.” Not your usual headline, but news nonetheless of a petition signed by thousands of parents objecting...

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‘A novel of mine lurking a mere foot above the head of the vice-president of the United States?’

‘A novel of mine lurking a mere foot above the head of the vice-president of the United States?’

During the flurry of George H.W. Bush’s death, funeral and canonisation, it was impossible to escape the photograph of George and Barbara Bush at their house in Maine...

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Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

In Texas, Beto O’Rourke came within three points of capturing a Senate seat from Ted Cruz. The excitement generated by his campaign may have ...

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‘Composition, which seemed a democratic portal, has become another academic specialty’

‘Composition, which seemed a democratic portal, has become another academic specialty’

The 2016 presidential election made me more aware of two demographic groups. One is made up of young American males, mostly white and not college educated. They wavered, surprisingly, between two candidates — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

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Eli S. Evans: Kanye West Visits the White House

Eli S. Evans: Kanye West Visits the White House

Before white so-called liberals check Kanye for his almost Nietzschean exaltations of Donald Trump...

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Liberals today would benefit from injecting a dose of Marxian materialism into their thinking…

Liberals today would benefit from injecting a dose of Marxian materialism into their thinking…

The error that Appiah denounces is “essentialism”: the theory that members of the same group share some inner essence that explains what they have in common.

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Feel Less Passive

Feel Less Passive

I am standing beside a small male cop. It’s four days before the Kavanaugh vote, and we still have a kind of hope or momentum ...

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Eli S. Evans on the Kavanaugh Affair

Eli S. Evans on the Kavanaugh Affair

by Eli S. Evans During the weekdays in the summer of 1982 … I spent much of my time working, working out, lifting weights, playing basketball, or hanging out and having some beers with friends as we talked about life, and football, and school and girls. —Brett Kavanaugh, Senate...

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The Politics of Latinx Recognition

The Politics of Latinx Recognition

In March of this year, 18-year-old South Floridian Emma Gonzalez announced that she was “Cuban and bisexual” in the midst of her battle...

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Labour and Anti-Semitism

Labour and Anti-Semitism

It is surreal for the Labour Party to be tearing itself apart over quasi-theological questions about which clauses from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism it will adopt and which it won’t.

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