A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

Oct 30, 2020

Despite all the obstacles, Americans are voting in huge numbers prior to Election Day. With a week to go, nearly 70 million voters have sent in their ballots or stood on line for early voting. The pandemic hasn’t prevented them from exercising their constitutional right. Nor have...

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason

Oct 11, 2019

It is already clear that the year 2019 in Poland will mark a record number of pride parades: 21 have already taken place and 6 further events are planned. The marches are organized not only in regional capitals but also locally, such as the march in Radomsko, a town of less than 50,000...

The Importance of the Latest Netflix Dystopia

Dec 21, 2018

1983 is an alternative history that bears disturbing resemblance to contemporary politics. Popular culture is full of alternative histories. Mackinley Kantor wrote a famous article in Look magazine in 1960 about what would have happened if the Confederacy had won the Civil War. Philip Roth’s...

COP24: It’s Time for a New Climate Compromise

Dec 20, 2018

If COP24 and its successors want to create lasting impact, rational thought and realistic appraisals of global conditions must prevail over ideological fervor. Even though the outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, are to be celebrated as a step in the right direction...

Is Poland the New Hub for the Radical Right?

May 16, 2018

In a world where the radical right is most certainly on the rise, Poland has become a key stomping ground for its adherents. In recent years, Poland has attracted more attention from the international community than any time since its break from communism almost 30 years ago, rivaled only by its...

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