Once, radical artists and thinkers shook up conservatives. Now, it’s the right gleefully transgressing a “moralizing” left. What happened?
Orwell was free from doctrinaire sectarianism. At the same time, he firmly hated the exact bastards who deserve to be hated.
Most authoritarian populists in power across the world are politicians, at the helm of parties that have won elections. Modi is more than that.
Postwar culture was divided between “freedom” and “totalitarianism.” Or was it?
On both sides of the border, artivistas—art activists—infuse their creative and political work with minority struggle and solidarity.
Today, trade and globalization often reinforce the incentives for coercion and violence. But what might the history of India reveal about the economic conditions of toleration?
“The question becomes, What can we do to make democracy more economically, socially, and politically just?”
Figuring out how people became fascists was the aim of Adorno and his colleagues’ 1950 study, The Authoritarian Personality. Has the answer changed?
“Precedent” is one of the key mechanisms for restraining autocratic legalism, as demonstrated by the Trump campaign’s tactics following the 2020 election.
What right does a society have to extoll freedom as its highest virtue if that same society is dependent on the unfreedom of others?
Today is overwhelmingly defined by white-supremacist violence and the whiteness of AI technology. Can seeing them together help defeat them both?
Latin America shows how hard it is for states dependent on oil and gas—that is, practically the whole world—to break with fossil fuel capitalism.
Why did some Black South Africans directly collaborate with their oppressors, and what was their experience like?
Both America First nationalism and postwar liberalism refuse to face the challenges of the globalized world that America itself inaugurated.
White South Africans used wildlife conservation to build a narrative as a race. Unfortunately, this pursuit came at the expense of Africans.
The US imperialist wars in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan grew from US wars against Indigenous people in the 19th century.
The status of the Ottoman Empire and its extraterritorial treaties were left in violent limbo at Versailles. This impacts the world to this day.
Versailles treated the people of Greater Syria and Iraq—Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike—as inferiors in need of “civilizational therapy.”
Rather than extend democracy into economics (as socialism was then understood), postwar elites stifled democracy in politics instead.
Why were Jews not free from antisemitism anywhere in interwar Europe, even in places—like the USSR—where it was officially condemned?