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The Orban-Trump Bromance Is Complicated For Both Hungary And The U.S.

Brian Dooley | Posted 04.12.2017 | World
Brian Dooley

The crush set in early. Back in July Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban became the first leader of an E.U. or NATO country to formally endorse Dona...

The Scariest Week since 1962

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

January 27, 2017. 12:00 PM EST As of noon Eastern time today, it has been only 168 hours since Donald Trump became President*. The first of those ho...

Donald Trump and the "F" Word

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Is Trump a fascist? When are we justified in using the "f" word to describe a right-wing politician or movement that we legitimately find frightening?

Politics Today Lack The Language To Understand The Damage Trump Is Doing

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Now that Trump's transition is well under way and his presidency looms in the near future, this problem is even more significant.

Poland's ruling party continues its march towards authoritarianism

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.09.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

Nationalist protests will be more welcome than anti-government protests from now on. Kacper Pempel/Reuters Veronika Pehe, European University Institu...

Thank Liberalism for Donald Trump

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Ten years ago, I predicted the rise of a new form fascism in the United States and Europe, suggesting that the injustices and contradictions of the capitalist system were growing too large to be contained any longer by the existing liberal political order.

American Fascism: Lessons From Russia

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Eliot Borenstein

There are enough parallels between Putinism and Trumpism to be cause for concern, but that is not the worst of it. The worst of it is that all indications point to Trumpism being a far greater danger.

Whither America?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For decades our country has struggled to turn the promise of our constitution and often lofty rhetoric about freedom and equality a reality.

It Won't Really End On Tuesday

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The most important thing I have learned about civil wars through those experiences is that they tear countries apart, destroy lives, families and economies and that nobody really wins them. Preventing this from happening in this country that, despite all its faults, still offers more freedom and prosperity to more people than any other country in the world is an imperative that will not end even if Clinton wins.

Is Trump no More Than a Brand Bubble?

Frederic Colier | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Frederic Colier

It does not take a seer, whether Democrat, Republican, Liberal or Green, to agree that this presidential election has been, by far, one of the strange...

Defeating Trump Will Take More Than An Electoral Victory

Noah Baron | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Noah Baron

If you're like me, you have probably been exhorted in every possible way to vote for Hillary Clinton: We are told that we have a moral obligation to support her--some even say that we must vote for her in states where the election isn't even close.

If an American PR Whiz Had Not Helped Yanukovych, Would Ukraine Still Be Intact?

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.26.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Viktor Yanukovych. Public Domain If an American PR whiz had not helped Yanukovych, would Ukraine still be intact? A British scholar wrote an ...

Why The 25-Year Independence Anniversary Will Ring Hollow With Many Armenians

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: A winter view of Armenia's capital of Yerevan. Author: Serouj Ourishian (Wikipedia) In less than a month Armenia will mark the 25th anniversar...

Ballet Legend Mikhail Baryshnikov Warns Against Donald Trump's Authoritarianism

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

Mikhail Baryshnikov, the famed Russian ballet dancer and actor who defected from the former Soviet Union in 1974, warned in a video released Wednesday...

Understanding Trump: It's Still The Authoritarianism, Stupid

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Last September, I argued that the-then seemingly mysterious rise of Donald Trump to front-runner status in the race for the GOP nomination for preside...

Trump's Wall Is Destroying My Family

William Dameron | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
William Dameron

I support your right to vote for whoever you choose, but that does not mean I will not be hurt by it or that our relationship will not suffer from it. My hope is that after the election is over, the wall between us will be torn down, but my fear is that it never will be.

Why Erdogan's Triumph will Make Turkey a Dictatorship

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On July 15, 2016, a group of military servicemen launched a coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Even though the coup a...

Donald Trump Is the Mosquito, Not the Zika Virus

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Graduates of 2016, don't be fooled by this glorious day. As you leave campus for the last time, many of you already deeply in debt and with a lifetime of payments to look forward to, you head into a world that's anything but sunny.

The Resurrection of Dark Politics

James Peron | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
James Peron

The Republican Party could have survived losing this election with a divided party. But, a unified Party, behind a leader like Trump, will be the death of them.

The Value, Courage, and Freedom of Pluralism

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Timothy Garton Ash recently reflected on Isaiah Berlin and his commitment to value pluralism in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an articled title...

Trump's Narcissism Is a Feature, Not a Bug

John C. Wathey | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
John C. Wathey

Embed from Getty Images Evolution May Explain the Allure of Donald Trump David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, is repulsed by Donald Trump...

Why Trump's Lies and Transgressions Appeal to His Followers

Andy Schmookler | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Donald Trump breaks the rules. For his followers, that's part of his appeal. Trump specializes in the lie. That, too, draws his followers to him.

The Folly Of Philippines' Autocratic Nostalgia

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.28.2017 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

MANILA, Philippines -- "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion," Edmund Burke, the great 18th century conservative thinker, once warned. Today, a specter is hunting the democratic world -- the specter of autocratic nostalgia.

Springtime for Authoritarians

Alan Briskin | Posted 04.26.2017 | Politics
Alan Briskin

What is important to know, albeit disturbing, is that the authoritarian disposition is a psychological potential in each of us. In fact, the research on authoritarianism clearly suggests that under high conditions of threat, the majority of us will act in ways that "mirror the behavior and opinions of authoritarians..."

New York: Bernie Sanders Is Our Last Chance

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 04.09.2017 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

"We won't see a presidential candidate like Bernie again in our lifetimes." As I heard these words, spoken by a woman at a Sanders campaign event recently, I felt a chill go through me. Because I knew she was right. We won't.