16 November 2018

Modes of denial: On the legend of US liberal hegemony

For all its loathing of Trump, the US liberal elite shares with him a common delusion: that US hegemony can persist in the 21st century. Trump is not the cause of the disruption but a consequence of it, writes the sociologist Norman Birnbaum.

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Aimless faffing and similar practices

‘Wespennest’ offers help; ‘Vikerkaar’ gets bored; ‘Critique & Humanism’ examines the narrative of Russian meddling; ‘2000’ remembers the ’68 that never was; and ‘Multitudes’ discusses blockchain and the end of capitalism.

Emblems of cultural superiority

‘Merkur’ slaughters some holy cows; ‘Mittelweg 36’ charts the grey zone of sexual violence; ‘Revista Crítica’ discusses calcio and the history of fascism; ‘Ny Tid’ tells of tinned fruit and the Weltschmerz of Generation Y; and ‘New Humanist’ says don’t #DeleteFacebook.

On the rocks

‘Osteuropa’ places Hungary and Poland under the knife; ‘Soundings’ says ’68 wasn’t to blame for what came next; ‘Glänta’ notes similarities, differences and things in between; ‘Samtiden’ returns to #MeToo; and ‘Varlik’ celebrates 85 years of cultural journalism.

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