Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

Mar 14, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – This month the European Union will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community. There certainly is much to celebrate. After centuries of war, upheaval, and mass killings, Europe is peaceful and democratic. The EU has...

War Against the West

War Against the West

Mar 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ian Buruma NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the...

‘Banned from our own lives’: intellectuals mourn the Turkey that once was

‘Banned from our own lives’: intellectuals mourn the Turkey that once was

Mar 1, 2017

Çağla Aykaç, University of Geneva I write life for those who can catch it in a breath, in an exhale. Like one picks a fruit on a branch, like tearing out a root. – Asli Erdoğan, from Taş Bina ve Diğerleri. Until very recently, Turkey was the place to be. The country offered space for everyone: all shades of Islamists and nationalists were becoming very...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

Trump’s Chaos Theory of Government

Trump’s Chaos Theory of Government

Feb 6, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jacek Rostowski WARSAW – In the weeks since Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, it has become clear that he intends to roll back the progressive-egalitarian agenda that is commonly associated with “political correctness” to the starting block – not just in the United States, but globally. Stephen...

Field of Fright The Terror Inside Trump’s White House

Field of Fright  The Terror Inside Trump’s White House

Feb 6, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Ira Chernus at 4:08pm, February 5, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Introduction by Tom Engelhardt   Let’s face it: since 9/11 everything in our American world has been wildly out of proportion.  Understandably enough, at the time that attack was experienced as something other than...

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Mark Leonard LONDON – The United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as US president exposed a deep generational divide. Cosmopolitan millennials and nationalist pensioners – what Thomas Friedman calls “Web People” and “Wall People” – seem to have nothing in common. But both point to the...

The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies

The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies

Jan 27, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The control or influence of information is diffused through education, politics, culture, media and the process of socialization. DENIZ KELLECIOGLU 27 January 2017 ‘The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed’, Steve Biko Just as there are mainstream media, mainstream narratives,...

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

Jan 21, 2017

Toby Carroll, City University of Hong Kong and Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente, Leiden University The last fortnight has yielded three spectacles reflecting the demise of the left, the rise of a new reactionary right and a novel political era more generally. Outgoing US President Barack Obama’s “Yes we did” speech was a fitting liberal – in the anaemic and disconnected...

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