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The double nightmare of the cat-lawyer

Analysing internet memes tends to be self-defeating: mostly their magic comes from a fleeting, blasé irony which makes you look like a fool if you try to pin it down. But sometimes a gem comes along that’s too good to let pass. Besides, the internet’s endless stream of found objects, jokes and observations are ultimately … Continue reading The double nightmare of the cat-lawyer

Gambling on technocrats

The likely appointment of Mario Draghi as Italy’s prime minister has been widely, if nervously, greeted as a necessary step. Draghi, an esteemed economist and central banker, will be the fourth unelected technocrat to fill the post in Italy in the last 30 years. As the Guardian concedes by way of welcoming Draghi’s appointment, a ready embrace … Continue reading Gambling on technocrats

Why accusations of vaccine nationalism miss the mark

This article was first published by The Critic magazine on 2nd February 2021. n the wake of Friday’s decision by the European Union to introduce controls on vaccine exports, there has once again been much alarm about “vaccine nationalism.”  This term is meant to pour scorn on governments that prioritise their own citizens’ access to … Continue reading Why accusations of vaccine nationalism miss the mark

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