A “Bavarian Revolution”?

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“The election [on Sunday 14th of October]”, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “was a typical Bavarian revolution. Fireworks, a lot of smoke [and] dreams in Schwabing [a central Munich district in which the Greens obtained 34% of the votes] which, throughout the night, felt like they could become true. The morning after, the Alps are still… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 1: The House of Representatives

Protest outside Trump Tower; Democrats hope an energised voter base will deliver them control of the House.               

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On November 6th, Americans will go to the polls to pick their representatives for both houses of Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, and 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Half-way through Donald Trump’s first term, this is the United States’ first chance since the 2016 election to… Continue Reading ➤

Will Brexit leave Europe’s defences depleted in the face of an increasingly aggressive Russia?

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Brexit is just one of the many destabilising influences that face an increasingly precarious system of European cooperation. In fact, the haste with which the EU wishes to reach an agreement with Britain is largely driven by the need for Europeans to concentrate on more existential threats. Issues such as rising discontent over the migrant… Continue Reading ➤

Four lessons from Wittgenstein on Trump

The Trump Blimp in Parliament Square
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Lesson 1 – Politics is not science In Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein critiques anthropologist James George Frazer’s argument that the ritual practices (magic) of ‘primitive cultures’ are an early and ineffective form of ‘modern science’. Instead, Wittgenstein argues that societies use magic for an entirely different purpose to science – they do fundamentally… Continue Reading ➤

Jake Sullivan, architect of the Iran Deal, National Security Adviser to Biden, and key Clinton aide, on Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, North Korea, and what happened in 2016.

Jake Sullivan, second from left, with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Jake Sullivan has a C.V. which sounds like it’s been made up. A product of the local Minnesotan high school, (his phone number still begins with the Minneapolis calling code), Sullivan then went to Yale, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, was ranked the second best university debater in the world, returned to Yale Law… Continue Reading ➤

Loyle Carner and ‘Sad Boy’ Rap

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The Globalist spoke to Loyle Carner at the Union in March. Interview by Lucía Keijer-Palau, words by Josiah Gogarty.  Given the relatively narrow set of questions about ‘influences’ and ‘creativity’ popular musicians tend to be asked in most press interviews, a perceived novelty in their public image can lead to the opposite extreme, with each… Continue Reading ➤

Brazilian Elections 2018: A short introduction to recent events

President Michel Temer with Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes. Photo: Beto Barata /PR

This October Brazilians will go to the polls to elect the country’s future President, Vice President, National Congress, state Governors, and state Legislative Assemblies. With a population of over 200 million, the largest economy in Latin America, an intricate federal system, and the contemporary repercussions of colonialism and dictatorship, Brazilian politics is a labyrinth at… Continue Reading ➤

The Ghost of Jim Crow

Left: the March to Washington, 1963. Right: an ACLU voting rights protest (Source: aclu.org)

As with so much of America’s politics, the issue of voting rights cannot be disentangled from that of race. Black and other minority communities are still at the forefront of the voting rights struggle. Indeed, it is arguable that the best testimony to the importance and fragility of voting rights in the United States, is… Continue Reading ➤