John Foster / 26 Apr 2019

The Way We Were

Britain At War

Long ago, while earning a library science degree, I worked as a manuscripts processing archivist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I handled letters and materials from the 17th century to the present.(...)

John Foster / 03 Apr 2019

The Populist Ideal

Trump and the Future of European Politics

The West is getting populist, roiling politics across Europe and the Americas. Centre-right parties, such as Germany’s governing Christian Democrats, and Britain’s Conservatives, find themselves being pushed rightwards in heretofore unimaginable ways.(...)

Turkish hip-hop couture. Karl-Marx-Straße, December 2012.
John Foster / 15 Mar 2019

Fear is the New Normal

Carolin Emcke’s Against Hate

Hate is an ironic concept. It has been a recurring theme in western politics for centuries and, if the statistics collected by law enforcement on acts of violence are anything to go on, we’re in crisis mode again.(...)

John Foster / 01 Mar 2019

The New Radical Chic

Enzo Traverso’s The New Faces of Fascism

It has been a nostrum of European life since 1945 that its epitaph was written amid piles of corpses and mountains of ash in the death camps of the Third Reich. But there is no idea so awful or bankrupt that, with the passage of time, will not seem ripe for rebirth.(...)

John Foster / 30 Jan 2019

Holocaust for Populists

National Pride, Not Genocide

Populism is the political order of the day, both in Europe and, with a somewhat different texture and topography, in the United States.  At the same time, the heritage of the Holocaust, as a defining event and an ethically foundational moment in European history seems to be in decline, even where it is not under direct attack.(...)

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