Berfrois

Culturally Embedded Sanctimony

Culturally Embedded Sanctimony

Moral superiority and cancel culture only further alienate the people already excluded from meritocracy and elite cultural capital...

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Why was Biden’s victory razor-thin?

Why was Biden’s victory razor-thin?

The Democratic Party has been pulled far enough left that even lots of non-crazy people find us just plain scary...

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Capital Discourse

Capital Discourse

Now that the Americans have also shown themselves capable of committing to a Maoist-like species of cultural revolution, how much more intensely might we expect their French counterparts to get wrapped up in this new frenzy?

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Peacebuilders

Peacebuilders

Peace is far more egalitarian than war, requiring not expensive arms, but simply the freely available, sometimes suppressed human spirit...

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A Resigned Igor Matovic

A Resigned Igor Matovic

Matovic’s resignation may signal to similar politicians in the region that a party with a well-meaning anti-corruption agenda and grassroots support can easily stumble in the face of a crisis..

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Tough on Populism

Tough on Populism

The likely economic consequences of the pandemic—unemployment, insecurity, soaring public debt and perhaps inflation—will probably feed a second wave of populism...

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Optimistic New Year!

Optimistic New Year!

In the coming year, we can lay the foundations for a new era of sustainable development, peace, and cooperation...

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Jennifer Carlson: Guns, Policing, Race

Jennifer Carlson: Guns, Policing, Race

Gun militarism doesn’t exist in opposition to gun populism, but alongside it, constituting a racial-double standard...

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Rachel Howard: How We Voted

Rachel Howard: How We Voted

I now worship, through my computer, at a church 140 miles away, where talk of “social justice” is a normal part of nearly every sermon...

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Adam Staley Groves: Pondering My 2020 Vote

Adam Staley Groves: Pondering My 2020 Vote

I actively supported Obama in 2008. I voted for him and I still feel it was the right thing to do. But I did not vote for Obama in 2012, or for Clinton in 2016. Why did I not vote?

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Justice for Floyd

Justice for Floyd

Here we go again. Another black person killed by the US police. Another wave of multiracial resistance. Another cycle of race talk on the corporate media.

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“Excess Deaths” and British Political Culture

“Excess Deaths” and British Political Culture

The Financial Times reported today that the UK has the worst death rate from Covid-19 ‘among countries that produce comparable data’...

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Classic Dom

Classic Dom

Like many proverbs in English, the term comes from Shakespeare. A “petard” was a small bomb, used for blowing up the fortifications of castles.

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Stay Arrogant?

Stay Arrogant?

Amid the weight and seriousness of life-changing and life-ending events, how can the national conversation be dominated for three days by the bad behaviour of Dominic Cummings during the lockdown?

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Who Should be in Charge: Doctors or Politicians?

Who Should be in Charge: Doctors or Politicians?

Our lives currently seem to be in the hands of doctors, and this concerns not only those who have caught the new coronavirus.

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Emergency rule nurtures voluntary servitude…

Emergency rule nurtures voluntary servitude…

It’s safe to say that citizens are getting inventive. They petition governments and crowd source funding and support for the hungry and harassed on Twitter, convene social gatherings and drinking parties on Skype...

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Britain is being managed by the B Team of bodgers…

Britain is being managed by the B Team of bodgers…

Seeking to regain some ground, the health secretary promised tests for all essential workers (not just health workers), but on its first day the website offering appointments was over-subscribed in under two minutes.

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That CPUSA Life

That CPUSA Life

The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was formed in 1919, two years after the Russian Revolution. Over the next forty years, it grew steadily from a membership roll...

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Voted, Ran, Isolated

Voted, Ran, Isolated

On the dot of noon yesterday, we received text messages from the government telling us to observe the ‘strict rules’ laid down by the president of the republic.

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Covid Conspiracies

Covid Conspiracies

The conspiracy theories about the virus range from it being a biological weapon created by the Chinese government, that it is a conspiracy created by U.S. democrats to prevent Trump’s reelection...

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Now Pepe was going to be president…

Now Pepe was going to be president…

The recent chaos at the Iowa Democratic caucus was exacerbated by eager Anons responding to a 4chan call to “clog the phone lines”...

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