Category Archives: Democracy

Nafisi, Azar: “Reading Lolita In Tehran”

Academic and literary critic Azar Nafisi describes the impact that the 1979 Iranian Revolution had on her life in Reading Lolita In Tehran. Before the revolution, Nafisi was comparatively free to read and teach whatever books she chose. This ended when the revolutionaries took … Continue reading

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Sakwa, Richard: “Frontline Ukraine. Crisis In The Borderlands”

Professor Sakwa views the current conflict in Eastern Europe as extremely serious, likening it to the turmoil that took place in the Balkans before the outbreak of World War One. Sakwa, welcomely, challenges the liberal doctrine of the West in … Continue reading

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Fromm, Erich: “Escape From Freedom”

Fromm has some interesting perspectives in his quasi-psychological assessment of the post-World War Two geopolitical landscape. The first half reminded me of Siedentrop’s “Inventing The Individual” in its analysis of the part that religion has played in putting the focus … Continue reading

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Orwell, George:  “Notes On Nationalism”

Is Orwell a better essayist than novelist? When you consider just how seminal and outstanding Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four are, it would seem a near impossible case to prove.  Yet Notes On Nationalism does just that. It is an … Continue reading

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Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost. A Story Of Greed, Terror And Heroism In Colonial Africa.

Europeans first advanced into Africa when shipping became a realistic mode of transport in the fourteenth century. The Portuguese sailed down to the Kongo (it was spelt with a K at that time) to find Africans who were willing to … Continue reading

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Shavit, Ari: “The Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel”

“Zionism embodies conflict,” writes Shavit and the sentiment is typical of how he thinks about Israel. His great-grandfather, Herbert Bentwich, moved to the land that was to become the state of Israel in 1897 during the first wave of Zionism … Continue reading

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Nagle, Angela: “Kill All Normies. Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right.”

Irish writer Nagle, after publishing some interesting articles, raises further interesting questions here. Given how Christian morality, dominant for two millennia, has largely evaporated in the West, it was understandable that multiple new forms of ethics would plug the gap. … Continue reading

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