An off-key Pence sings from the Trump hymnal to a stony European reception

An off-key Pence sings from the Trump hymnal to a stony European reception

Even inside a hotel so secure that it has body scanners at the entrance and snipers on the roof, Vice President Pence travels with a vast security detail. Its main function, it seems, is to elbow people out of the way so that the vice president and his unsmiling wife can walk through a lobby, …

An off-key Pence sings from the Trump hymnal to a stony European reception Read More »

‘Never again?’ It’s already happening.

‘Never again?’ It’s already happening.

Because I write books about Soviet history, and because I often speak about them to U.S. or European audiences, I am frequently forced to confront the problem of Western indifference. Why, I am asked over and over, did British diplomats who knew about the man-made Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 do nothing to stop it? The …

‘Never again?’ It’s already happening. Read More »

It’s not xenophobia that links the ‘new populists.’ It’s hypocrisy.

It’s not xenophobia that links the ‘new populists.’ It’s hypocrisy.

In recent months, academics, columnists and analysts have spilled gallons of ink analyzing the so-called “populists” who are winning elections, or coming close to winning them, in so many countries. Mea culpa: I, too, have sought to explain why so many people are suddenly using xenophobic language, attacking “elites” and heaping scorn on international institutions …

It’s not xenophobia that links the ‘new populists.’ It’s hypocrisy. Read More »

The new censors won’t delete your words — they’ll drown them out

The new censors won’t delete your words — they’ll drown them out

Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth. Each day, the hero of George Orwell’s “1984” “corrects” old newspapers to make sure that the information is in still accord with the current Party line. After rewriting history, he puts each “incorrect” story into a “memory hole” — a slit in the wall — and it …

The new censors won’t delete your words — they’ll drown them out Read More »

Regulate social media now. The future of democracy is at stake.

Regulate social media now. The future of democracy is at stake.

A few days ago, ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom, discovered that a tool it was using to track political advertising on Facebook had been quietly disabled — by Facebook. The browser extension had detected political ad campaigns and gathered details on the ads’ target audiences. Facebook also tracks political ad campaigns, but sometimes it fails …

Regulate social media now. The future of democracy is at stake. Read More »

Venezuela is how ‘illiberal democracy’ ends

Venezuela is how ‘illiberal democracy’ ends

For absolute proof that the ideological language of the 20th century is insufficient to describe the political realities of the 21st century, look no further than the international alliances that have formed around Venezuela. In the past few days, Venezuela has functioned as a kind of a Rorschach test, a black blob upon which many …

Venezuela is how ‘illiberal democracy’ ends Read More »

A crisis of conservatism creates gridlock on both sides of the Atlantic

A crisis of conservatism creates gridlock on both sides of the Atlantic

In the capital cities of the two great anglophone powers, public business has ground to a halt. On one side of the Atlantic, federal workers are lining up to receive free food while the president holds the government to ransom. On the other side, the House of Commons, a legislative body that likes to call …

A crisis of conservatism creates gridlock on both sides of the Atlantic Read More »

In the wake of a political murder, the hate campaign continues

In the wake of a political murder, the hate campaign continues

On the day after the murder of Jo Cox in 2016, stunned politicians on both sides of the Brexit referendum campaign fell silent. Cox was a member of the British parliament who favored remaining inside the European Union and campaigned about Syria; her assassin was both mentally ill and an extremist who scoured the Internet …

In the wake of a political murder, the hate campaign continues Read More »

The anti-Europeans have a plan for crippling the European Union

The anti-Europeans have a plan for crippling the European Union

In theory, the European Union’s parliamentary elections are the most international in the world. The winners serve in a multinational legislature. They speak to one another with the help of hundreds of translators. They are members of transnational parties: In the parliament buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg, center-left MEPs from across Europe sit with the …

The anti-Europeans have a plan for crippling the European Union Read More »

Scroll to Top