Inspecting a communist banner. Berlin, May Day 2019.
John Foster / 07 Aug 2019

The Cops in Our Heads

Natasha Lennard’s Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life

Fascism is the order of the day. One might confuse it with populism, or that the two are somehow vying for supremacy. (...)

John Foster / 03 Jun 2019

The New Irish Politics

After the EU Elections

Those that don’t follow rugby, or don’t live in Australia may perhaps have missed the affair surround comments posted by Waratahs and Australia star player Israel Folau on social media.(...)

John Foster / 22 May 2019

The End is Nigh

Looking For a Better Europe

Elections for the European Parliament begin Thursday and predictions of doom and gloom are the order of the day. And why not?(...)

John Foster / 03 May 2019

Democracy in the Era of Populism

Chantal Mouffe and the Spanish Election

With the results of the snap elections held in Spain on Sunday still in the headlines, new questions have been raised about the so-called “populist moment” about which so much ink has been spilt of late.(...)

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.(...)

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