The Politics of the Coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020

The far right thrives on fear. It’s no surprise, then, that it would use the latest pandemic, which has generated widespread panic, to bolster its own agenda. All of the hallmarks of the far right are in play during the coronavirus crisis. It has pushed to close borders. It has demonized...

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics
Mar 26, 2020

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics

What the Coronavirus Says About Us
Mar 24, 2020

What the Coronavirus Says About Us

Why It’s Taking Britain So Long to Tackle COVID-19
Mar 23, 2020

Why It’s Taking Britain So Long to Tackle COVID-19

What It Means to be a Wartime President

What It Means to be a Wartime President

Mar 20, 2020

His grammar leaves something to be desired, but the message is clear. US President Donald Trump has informed the nation and the world that he has now risen to the same significant height reached by his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush. Explaining the measures he intends to take to...

John Maynard Keynes Comes Out of Hiding in the UK

John Maynard Keynes Comes Out of Hiding in the UK

Mar 18, 2020

The Guardian’s columnist Will Hutton, a declared Keynesian, has expressed his astonishment at the Tory government suddenly abandoning its economic orthodoxy as the appropriate response to the coronavirus pandemic. His readers certainly remember the “Cameron-Osborne austerity” of only a few...

Faced With the Coronavirus Challenge to Our Humanity, We Have Been Found Wanting

Faced With the Coronavirus Challenge to Our Humanity, We Have Been Found Wanting

Mar 18, 2020

We live in an age of accelerated individualization — or so sociologists and social philosophers like Ulrich Beck have told us for decades. We have accepted it, even if we did not necessarily like it. The citizens of the former Soviet empire were among the first to take note. In East...

Emmanuel Macron Rallies Around Bernie to Save France

Emmanuel Macron Rallies Around Bernie to Save France

Mar 13, 2020

Watching French President Emmanuel Macron’s address to the nation on March 12, I couldn’t avoid admiring the skill with which he deployed two supremely engineered strategic themes. After drawing attention to the importance of a concerted European response to the pandemic, he insisted that the...

What’s in a Name? Rebranding Racist Legacies

What’s in a Name? Rebranding Racist Legacies

Mar 12, 2020

A sudden controversy has exploded in the Netherlands. In March, the Dutch department store HEMA began selling a traditional Dutch pastry under the name chocoladebal (chocolate ball) instead of moorkop (referring to the head of a dark-skinned person). HEMA followed in the footsteps of a small baker...

COVID-19: What Italy and the US Are Doing Wrong

COVID-19: What Italy and the US Are Doing Wrong

Mar 10, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak unfolding worldwide, with around 35,000 cases confirmed outside China to date, it is possible to attempt a preliminary analysis of the politics of coronavirus and the efficiency of policies adopted by national governments and international bodies. Unfortunately, the...

The British Government Is About to Fail on Coronavirus

The British Government Is About to Fail on Coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020

Boris Johnson, the British prime minister who fancies himself a reincarnation of Winston Churchill, who talks of wars and battle plans and war rooms, and who has been pictured wearing something akin to a boiler suit, presides over studied inaction when it comes to the country’s coronavirus...

The New Man in Fascism Past and Present

The New Man in Fascism Past and Present

Mar 05, 2020

“The trenchocracy is the aristocracy of the trenches,” declared Benito Mussolini on the pages of Il Popolo d’Italia in December 1917. Reflecting on the new type of man emerging from the war, he went on: “What an immense moral force is contained in the patriotic spirit of those who come...

Europe’s Radical Right Can Help Johnson Get Momentum on Brexit Deal

Europe’s Radical Right Can Help Johnson Get Momentum on Brexit Deal

Mar 04, 2020

This week, the delegations of the European Union and the United Kingdom started the institutional meetings concerning the Brexit deal negotiations. The transition period during which the two sides may possibly find an agreement on a variety of issues — almost everything from trade to...

Coronavirus Outbreak Exacerbates Italy’s Political Divisions

Coronavirus Outbreak Exacerbates Italy’s Political Divisions

Feb 27, 2020

On February 21, Italy woke up to reports of the country’s first case of COVID-19: a 38- year-old manager from Codogno, a small town located roughly 55 kilometers southeast of Milan. Six days later, the cases of the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province in December...

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