Matthew Kolasa

Matthew Kolasa is an attorney and journalist. He received his law license after completing his JD in International Law and MA in International Relations at Boston University, as well as an MSt in Art History at the University of Oxford and BA in History and Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was an editor at Fair Observer from 2010 to 2011. He has traveled to 30 countries and is fluent in French and Polish and familiar with Japanese and German. He was a champion fencer and was 2nd in the junior world cup rankings.

How to Talk about Fascism

Aug 28, 2018

Madeleine Albright’s book is a valuable introduction to the state of contemporary politics and a handbook for how to be a better citizen.  “Some may view this book and its title as alarmist. Good,” writes former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in her new bestseller Fascism: A Warning. Albright is among the...

Walking the Road to Unfreedom

Aug 21, 2018

Timothy Snyder’s latest book is an important addition to the literature explaining where the present crisis of democracy comes from. A year after On Tyranny, prolific Yale historian Timothy Snyder has written his ninth book, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America. To call it merely the latest iteration of a new wave of “resistance” literature is...

How Democracies Die Around the World

Aug 15, 2018

How Democracies Die is less about preaching to the choir and more about encouraging voters to re-examine their thinking. The New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, provides a fascinating analysis of threats to democracy in comparative context. One of a growing number of bestsellers on authoritarianism, including Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny and Madeleine...

The Beautiful Game Fails Women

Jul 24, 2018

Entertainment and profits aside, it is time FIFA put its money where its mouth is and encourage women to play the beautiful game. Missing teams. Dangerous turf. Low investment. Women’s international football has a problem, not in quality of play or enthusiasm, but in the support provided by its federations...

What If Oprah Does Run?

Jan 12, 2018

The fungibility of power, converting fame and gravitas into a nomination and 270 electoral votes, remains an open question. The latest tremor in what has become the earthquake of American presidential politics comes in the form of billionaire media titan Oprah Winfrey’s rumored exploration of a 2020 White House bid....

Why is Hillary Clinton So Unpopular?

Nov 07, 2016

The anti-Hillary sentiment is directed at the system she represents. Ryan Lochte is to Michael Phelps in swimming what Hillary Clinton is to Donald Trump in polarizing Americans. No major party nominee save for Trump has had such strong negative opinions since opinion polling began. While the cause for voters’ distaste for...

The Republican Party Beyond Trump

Nov 07, 2016

The Trump phenomenon is about much more than Donald Trump. The world’s eyes are on Donald Trump, but something much more profound is going on in America. The maverick Republican presidential nominee is but a symptom of a schism within the party sure to remain unresolved after the election. Trump...