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They Guillotined Robespierre, Didn’t They?

They Guillotined Robespierre, Didn’t They?

Universities will no longer be dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge but to the promotion of student comfort and the avoidance of social-media attacks...

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Post-Mutti Germany

Post-Mutti Germany

Germany is shortly to hold its first ever federal election in which the sitting chancellor is not running...

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Boomer Removers

Boomer Removers

Wokeness is not just a social philosophy, but an elite status marker, a strategy for personal advancement...

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Bleta at Sharra

Bleta at Sharra

On the first of July, artists, curators, and art afficionados gathered at the gates of the Sharra landfill of Tirana to attend the inauguration of a public artwork by Kosovar artist Sislej Xhafa...

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Fall of Kabul

Fall of Kabul

Robert Gates argued in his memoir that Biden had been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades...

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George Orwell: Atomic

George Orwell: Atomic

It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons...

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Robin DiAngelo’s Racial Essentialism

Robin DiAngelo’s Racial Essentialism

There’s a sense of deep internal contradiction running through DiAngelo’s writing that emerges from such discrepancies and which is at odds with the wealth she has accrued as an authority on anti-racism. It points towards the limitations of a worldview that, however well intentioned, pushes us deeper into the...

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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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