The New British Exceptionalism
For all their differences, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson both link humor, national identity, and an attachment to England’s imperial importance in ways that point to common national pathologies.
Of Sausages and Kings
Individualism and the Disinformation State
Freedom of speech, freedom to access and produce information, and a hyper-individualized sense of “self”—all symbols of the 20th-century struggle for human rights—have been turned on their head by savvy, repressive regimes.
Our Russian Future
The Age of Flux
The future arrived in Russia first, and then spread to the West, with all the now too-familiar negative consequences. But for all its tragedy, there was also a sense of possibility then—as now.
Where does it come from, this Russian need to portray the West as either ideal or enemy?
Lessons from Ukraine
The Seven Ages of Revolution
Marci Shore’s intimate account of Ukraine’s 2014 revolution probes the metaphysical meaning of revolution. In so doing, it illuminates the crisis of the West more broadly.
Social Media Era
The Mirage of Populism
Populism is a great campaign tool in the age of social media—but not necessarily much more than that.
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