A Political and Literary Forum
A political appeal to “the people” is a central element of democratic societies. Can we imagine a revitalized, multiracial populist politics today?
Germany’s official policy of shame about its past is a model the United States should adopt. But it won’t protect either country from far-right extremism.
Samuel Clowes Huneke
Far-right leaders often call for one nation united under one language. At the same time, they have always been good at using translation to spread their politics.
The political philosophy embraced by Germany’s leading party helped reunite Europe after World War II. Can it guide us safely away from today’s populism—or did it cause it?
As Germans learned after World War II, combatting fascist language is harder than just deleting offending terms. Can we find a creative solution that serves today’s needs?
The charge of populism says at least as much about those making it as it does about their opponents.
Joshua Cohen talks to David Runciman about his new book, political action, and finding hope in the end of democracy.
David Runciman, Joshua Cohen
A ‘dangerous’ populist will likely be elected president this weekend—and he may be just what the country needs.
David R. K. Adler
We can’t fully appreciate the current anti-immigration moment without understanding the decades-long investment by right-wing movement politics.
Robert L. Tsai, Calvin TerBeek
In the Turkish government’s rush to root out conspirators, the threshold for guilt is low.
Erdogan is all too easily labelled a populist. But the reasons for his popularity are more complicated.
An open letter from a Filipino writer to his fellow citizens.
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