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Cover for: The truth about the electorate

The truth about the electorate

Public Seminar 12+19 November 2020

Public Seminar blames the disappearance of local journalism for the over-dependency on polls. Also: why anti-racist literature may not signal a new conversation about race; and how schools remain arenas of exclusion in secular France.

Cover for: Up with degrowth

Up with degrowth

Czas Kultury 3/2020

‘Czas Kultury’ explores new cultural narratives that test established social, political and economic mindsets: degrowth – the antithesis to post-communist consumption – meets end of the world stories infused with western values and conspiracy theories based on political collusion.

Cover for: Literature that bridges the welfare gap

‘Vagant’ heralds writing that moves staid positions on the welfare state: freelance writer Henning Hagerup exposes Norway’s bureaucratic system; Christian Johannes Idskov notes the literary excellence and fated criminality of second-generation migrant Hassan; and Joni Hyvönen asks, Ken Loach: tragedian or saboteur?

Cover for: Debating the f-word

Debating the f-word

Public Seminar 15 October 2020

Is it accurate historically to apply the term ‘fascism’ to America under Trump? And is to do so strategically astute? A special issue of ‘Public Seminar’ weighs in on the debate over the f-word. With contributions from Jan-Werner Müller, David Bell, Natasha Lennard and more.

Cover for: Trump in Latin America

Trump in Latin America

Letras Libres 229 (2020)

‘Letras Libres’ says that a Trump victory would reinforce hostilities between the US and its southern neighbours. Why Mexico in particular must recognize that Trump has been bad for the country. With contributions from Alfredo Corchado, León Krauze, Dan Restrepo and more.

Cover for: Dare to look differently

Dare to look differently

Rīgas Laiks 10/2020

‘Rīgas Laiks’ feels better about ageing after talking to an Amazonian chief. But alterity can be found much closer to home too: an interview with a villager from eastern Latvia offers a lesson in rustic self-expression. Also: Belarusian women on the frontline.

Cover for: The myth of weakness

The myth of weakness

Esprit 10/2020

Slow, indecisive, vulnerable to manipulation: the charges against democracy are familiar. But as contributions to ‘Esprit’ argue, what makes democracy fragile also makes it strong. Including Michaël Fœssel on democracy’s relation to time, and Axel Honneth on the new spirit of participation.

Cover for: Everything turned out OK

Everything turned out OK

Revolver Revue 120 (2020)

Czech journal ‘Revolver Revue’ finds a refreshing lack of animosity in the posthumously published memoirs of the dissident Olga Stankovičová. Also: Socialism or Communism – why contemporary historians are getting their terminology wrong.

Cover for: Reconnecting democracy and representation

French journal ‘Revue Projet’ warns against the old assumption that representation must be democratic and argues that the electoral system must be de-privatized. Also: revisiting Bruno Latour’s ‘parliament of things’ – can natural objects be given legal and political representation?

Cover for: Plath, Sennett, Morris, Kapla

‘Ord&Bild’ explains how Sylvia Plath belatedly came to influence Swedish literary tastes; why William Morris was a forerunner of fantasy fiction; what Richard Sennett gets wrong about cities; and why, after Alexievich, text is held to higher standards of documentary truth than film.

Cover for: Speaking for the disappeared

Speaking for the disappeared

Index on Censorship 3/2020

UK journal ‘Index on Censorship’ speaks for those whose ideas, voices and bodies are deliberately disappeared to muffle their dissent. With reports from Xinjiang, Turkey, Ireland and the Mediterranean. Also: disappearing TV comedy – is the audience’s intelligence being insulted?

Cover for: Omnipresent heritage

Omnipresent heritage

Il Mulino 4/2020

In ‘Il Mulino’, the historian François Hartog describes the genealogy of the modern concept of heritage and argues that democratization has made heritage all about emotion. Also: how cities can be reinvented in response to the pandemic; and why Italy urgently needs a reform on property tax.

Cover for: Russia’s diseased democracy

‘Osteuropa’ traces the decline of democratic constitutionalism in Russia and calls Putinism for what it is. Also: on the Kremlin’s increasingly restrictive definition of acceptable protest; and the ethnonationalism of Russia’s National Democratic opposition.

Cover for: Remaking the world

Remaking the world

Soundings 75/2020

In ‘Soundings’, a reappraisal of the liberal narrative of decolonization; why the Sinn Féin shock may not have been a victory for the left; whether Brexit will inevitably lead to US-style deregulation; and the roots of Brazil’s synthetic totalitarianism.

Cover for: Representation or twitterocracy?

In ‘Merkur’, Albrecht Koschorke asks whether radical democrats disregard civil rights. Also, why Gerhard Richter’s Birkenau series is less profound than it seems; and how Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court is getting proportionality wrong.

Cover for: Hegel as comedy

Hegel as comedy

Razpotja 2/2020

In a Hegel anniversary issue, ‘Razpotja’ calls attention to an underrated quality of the German idealist: his sense of humour. Also, how Hegel predicted capitalism; and why left Hegelians are no less salient for being wrong about communism.

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