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five revolting! reasons to fight for democracy today | books & essays | for euro




because the basis of democracy – the demos – is under attack todaymost talk of threats to democracy today is focused on institutions – the need to defend the us constitution against president trump, or the european union against ‘populism’. but by far the biggest threat to democracy is the...



experts and politics: why gove knows better than plato | books & essays | europe




the argument that experts are better placed than ordinary people to make informed decisions about important issues facing society is an age-old case for undermining democracy that has come back into fashion lately. in ancient athens philosophers argued openly for replacing democracy with the rule of...



best non-fiction books of 2017 so far




our favorite non-fiction books of 2017 (so far) vary widely in format, tone and content, from scaachi koul’s humorous personal essays in one day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter to david grann’s damning reporting on a native american tribe targeted by genocidal murderers in kille...



democracy’s shadow | books & essays | for europe, against the eu




this is important because while populists target mainstream issues like economic distribution, eu membership, immigration or law and order, they are simultaneously and constantly translating these debates about policy into far more fundamental questions about democratic power, which they often argue...



the spanish-speaking world's literary colossus




vargas llosa, 82, once looked like a dark-eyed john travolta: full lips, strong chin, thick black hair. the hair is now white, but the serene manners and the prodigious self-discipline remain.he has written almost every morning of his life, publishing 59 books in 55 years, among them some of the gre...



why the people must be sovereign | books & essays




since the 18th century, most western societies have attempted to reconcile popular sovereignty with parliamentary sovereignty, through a form of representative democracy. however, for many anti-majoritarian commentators even parliamentary sovereignty is too directly influenced by the will of the peo...



why the people must be sovereign | books & essays




since the 18th century, most western societies have attempted to reconcile popular sovereignty with parliamentary sovereignty, through a form of representative democracy. however, for many anti-majoritarian commentators even parliamentary sovereignty is too directly influenced by the will of the peo...



the elites vs social media | books & essays | social media




but although this abrupt reversal in perceptions is symbolised by these two presidents, it goes much further. it represents a fear on the part of large sections of the ruling elite that their hold over public opinion is disappearing. this is represented by the brexit referendum in britain, trump’s...



kotzias to brief nd shadow foreign minister on ‘macedonia’ name talks | news




greek foreign minister nikos kotzias will on wednesday brief new democracy’s shadow foreign minister giorgos koumoutsakos on the progress of his recent talks in vienna with his counterpart from the former yugoslav republic of macedonia (fyrom), nikola dimitrov, on ongoing united-nations mediated t...



the death of democracy is going to take a while




in his new book, how democracy ends, the british political scientist david runciman examines a familiar topic from a new angle. amid understandable fears about the state of democracy worldwide, and with politicians sounding like strongmen of previous eras, runciman argues that we are misunderstandin...



lenin was nothing but politics | books & essays




to be honest, i think we in britain think of russia as somewhere very separate from europe. we tend to think of russia as over there, and they speak this peculiar language and wear furs. whereas, in fact, russia is part of europe, and the russian revolution is part of our history. when i say it feel...



10 personal essays that will make you feel things — personal history




in 2017 kitchn published some great personal essays from writers we admire. in the sea of recipes, tips, and shopping guides, you might have missed a couple that are really worth reading. that's why i rounded up 10 of my favorite essays that i edited this year. there's an essay on what it was like g...



rousseau: autonomy lost | books & essays




what follows then in the first three books of emile is an imaginative reconstruction of what it would be like to bring a child up as nature intended. so as a baby and infant he should be given no more than he needs, and allowed as much freedom as his physical strength permits. rousseau advises, for ...



rousseau: autonomy lost | books & essays




what follows then in the first three books of emile is an imaginative reconstruction of what it would be like to bring a child up as nature intended. so as a baby and infant he should be given no more than he needs, and allowed as much freedom as his physical strength permits. rousseau advises, for ...



modi remembers emergency on its anniversary, pitches for preserving democracy




prime minister narendra modi today remembered the emergency imposed on this day in 1975, saying "such a black night" cannot be forgotten, and underlined the need for eternal vigilance to preserve democracy.he recalled that democracy-lovers had fought a big battle against the emergency imposed by the...



amazon prime reading makes its way to the uk




it’s been about eight months since amazon prime reading launched in the us, and now it’s the uk’s turn to get in on the action. prime reading, for those who aren’t familiar with it, gives users a rotating selection of books and magazines to read. the best part is that, like prime video, it...



bodysnatching democracy: it's the creepiest feeling




the good old duck test tells us that if it looks like a democracy, swims like a democracy, and quacks like a democracy, then it probably is a democracy. but something about ours is off, unheimlich—the german expression for weird or uncanny. it's like watching your mother walk around the house doin...



italy: the rise of the techno-populists | books & essays | italy




i think the m5s and other phenomena, like the ciudadanos (the citizens party) in spain and, to an extent, emmanuel macron in france, are distinctive because instead of allying populism with nationalism, they ally with technocracy. this means that politics is no longer a question of right or left, bu...



october 1917: a noble, ambitious revolution | books & essays




these values had been crucial to the consolidation of the capitalist system in europe in the 19th century and to its continuing legitimacy in the 20th, and yet even today they continue to be undermined. take two key liberal causes that developed from the french revolution’s clarion call of ‘libe...



harlan ellison, science fiction master, dies at age 84




this march 13, 2012 photo provided by steve barber shows author harlan ellison in the sherman oaks neighborhood of los angeles. ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of "a boy and his dog," and countless other stories that blasted society with their nightmarish, sometimes darkly humorous scenario...



kershaw’s lesson from the 1930s | books & essays




1923 was also the year of hitler’s failed ‘beer hall’ putsch. despite the violence of the putschists – four policemen were killed and several social democratic councillors taken hostage – hitler was sentenced to only five years in prison for high treason. he was sent to landsberg prison, w...



kershaw’s lesson from the 1930s | books & essays




1923 was also the year of hitler’s failed ‘beer hall’ putsch. despite the violence of the putschists – four policemen were killed and several social democratic councillors taken hostage – hitler was sentenced to only five years in prison for high treason. he was sent to landsberg prison, w...



the cause of mankind | books & essays




in the expanding blaze, israel develops this mainstream-radical opposition further, finding it to be a critical divide among republicans in america and elsewhere. on one side were the ‘moderate’ or ‘aristocratic’ republicans, which included adams, alexander hamilton, john jay and, to some ex...



the cause of mankind | books & essays




in the expanding blaze, israel develops this mainstream-radical opposition further, finding it to be a critical divide among republicans in america and elsewhere. on one side were the ‘moderate’ or ‘aristocratic’ republicans, which included adams, alexander hamilton, john jay and, to some ex...



the cause of mankind | books & essays




in the expanding blaze, israel develops this mainstream-radical opposition further, finding it to be a critical divide among republicans in america and elsewhere. on one side were the ‘moderate’ or ‘aristocratic’ republicans, which included adams, alexander hamilton, john jay and, to some ex...