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What’s really at stake in the fascism debate

This essay was originally published by Arc magazine on January 27th 2021. Many themes of the Trump presidency reached a crescendo on January 6th, when the now-former president’s supporters rampaged through the Capitol building. Among those themes is the controversy over whether we should label the Trump movement “fascist.” This argument has flared-up at various points since … Continue reading What’s really at stake in the fascism debate

After the Capitol, the battle for the dream machine

Sovereign is he who decides on the exception. In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Facebook’s VP of integrity Guy Rosen declared: “This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video.” This came as Trump’s supporters, like a hoard of pantomime barbarians, were carrying out their surreal sacking … Continue reading After the Capitol, the battle for the dream machine

Poland and Hungary are exposing the EU’s flaws

The European Union veered into another crisis on Monday, as the governments of Hungary and Poland announced they would veto the bloc’s next seven-year budget. This comes after the European Parliament and Council tried to introduce “rule of law” measures for punishing member states that breach democratic standards — measures that Budapest and Warsaw, the … Continue reading Poland and Hungary are exposing the EU’s flaws

Europe’s deplorables have outwitted Brussels

This essay was originally published by Unherd on November 10th 2020 Throughout the autumn, the European Union has been engaged in a standoff with its two most antagonistic members, Hungary and Poland. At stake was whether the EU would finally take meaningful action against these pioneers of “illiberal democracy”, to use the infamous phrase of … Continue reading Europe’s deplorables have outwitted Brussels