Peter Handke’s Nobel Win: The Banality of Hypocrisy

Oct 21, 2019

Nobel Prizes are not what they used to be. This is particularly true when it comes to literature. Who, for instance, still remembers that the late Dario Fo, characterized as the “acerbic, anarchic clown of a dramatist,” received the Nobel Prize in 1997? Or, going back into a distant past, who...

Italy Evicts Steve Bannon’s Gladiators
Oct 15, 2019

Italy Evicts Steve Bannon’s Gladiators

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency
Oct 11, 2019

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason
Oct 11, 2019

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

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

Oct 10, 2019

The New York Times should really be called “The New Cold War Times.” It has consistently focused on reporting the most intimate thoughts (i.e., prejudice and propaganda) of an intelligence community that owes its historical existence to the golden age of post-World War II Soviet communism....

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Oct 09, 2019

In September, the highest-ranking counterterrorism officer in Britain, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, declared the far-right to be the fastest growing terrorist threat to Britain. According to the Met, in the last year, a quarter of all terrorism related arrests were of...

A Gen Zer’s Perspective on Climate Change Reform

A Gen Zer’s Perspective on Climate Change Reform

Oct 08, 2019

Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, American muckraker Upton Sinclair published “The Jungle,” a searing account of the savage working conditions in Chicago’s meatpacking industry. Such a mind-boggling exposé of exploited workers laboring amid rotten, contaminated and diseased meat,...

Structurally Irrelevant? The Future of Men in the Digital Economy

Structurally Irrelevant? The Future of Men in the Digital Economy

Oct 07, 2019

A recent article in The Atlantic addressed a new and emerging trend — the “sex recession.” Apparently, or so serious studies suggest, youngsters today have less sex than previous generations. This trend is not confined to the United States. Researchers in Britain, Finland, Australia, the...

Italian Populists Use Social Welfare to Ignite a “War Between the Poor”

Italian Populists Use Social Welfare to Ignite a “War Between the Poor”

Oct 07, 2019

Since Matteo Salvini took over the leadership of the Northern League party (rebranded as the League before last year’s elections) in late 2013, the focus of his harsh political campaigns shifted from southern Italians — the so-called “Terroni,” or people of the countryside — to...

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

Oct 04, 2019

The recent publication of the British Social Attitudes Survey offered dismal reading for the Church of England and British Christianity more broadly. As Polly Toynbee put it in The Guardian, the findings showed that Christianity in Britain was in rapid retreat. In little more than a decade, the...

The New Age of Protest

The New Age of Protest

Oct 04, 2019

Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protesters chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and 32 activists were arrested. On the second day, activists targeted the Environmental...

How German Reunification Could Change Global Capitalism Today

How German Reunification Could Change Global Capitalism Today

Oct 01, 2019

Nearly 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, powerful images come to mind from those heady days of 1989: people dancing on walls and the related assumption that from now on freedom would reign around the world. Global capitalism had prevailed over the state-run socialist model, and people...

How Tolerant Is Russian Society?

How Tolerant Is Russian Society?

Sep 30, 2019

Russia has published the full results of opinion polls regarding xenophobia, including attitudes toward LGBTQ people in 2018 and the first half of 2019. If we supplement it with data on hate crimes, a clearer picture of the level of tolerance in Russian society today emerges. This information is...

Zelensky and Trump Share a Hyperreal Friendship

Zelensky and Trump Share a Hyperreal Friendship

Sep 26, 2019

Reacting to the latest scandal, which seems to have convinced some hitherto hesitant members of Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump, the White House chose to publish its account of what Democrats have implied as an incriminating telephone conversation....

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