illiberalism rising Democracy’s Gravediggers
There are lessons to be learned for the United States in studying democratic decline abroad, but it’s also easy to take the comparisons too far.
Alternative Facts The Etiology of Faked News
How technology supercharged the spread of disinformation, and what we can do about it.
Ideology The New-Old Fatalism
The idea of historical inevitability just won’t die. But there was nothing unavoidable about our current political crisis.
European Futures Fifty Shades of Czech Populism
This year’s Czech elections prove that politically disruptive populism does not line up exclusively with extreme right-wing ideologies.
History Misused The Malthusian Holocaust
Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth fails to convince in its reinterpretation of the Holocaust, and its forecast of the next one.
To Havel and Havel Not Václav, We Never Knew Ye
Whether they like it or not, the Czechs are the nation of Havel. What they need to work out, with the help of biographies like Michael Žantovský’s, is what that means.
Reviews Crazy in Velvet
Ivan Klíma’s political autobiography illuminates the surreality of Czechoslovak communism even as it fails to answer “the question”: Why the Jews?
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