Matt Rubenstein / 27 Nov 2020

A Morality Tale For Our Time

The Queen’s Gambit

The first X-Men movie (2000) begins with a remarkable scene of aborted sci-fi wish-fulfilment. In an unnamed German concentration camp, a boy is seen being violently separated from his parents.(...)

Matt Rubenstein / 01 Jul 2020

Did the Russians Do It?

When the Press Takes Sides

Nothing unusual here. The Taliban have been killing NATO troops in Afghanistan for nearly two decades. But this story was a little different. According to the New York Times, recent attacks on US and British forces have been partially sponsored by Russia.(...)

Matt Rubenstein / 08 Jul 2019

The Post-Ideological Party

The Greens and German Politics, Part II

Blame it on the climate crisis. That’s what the German press has done. Winning 20.5% of the national vote in this year’s EU elections, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (the Greens) nearly doubled their 2014 showing.(...)

Matt Rubenstein / 01 Jul 2019

Hard to Pin Down

The Greens and German Politics, Part I

At least German pollsters had gotten it right. There was no populist sweep of the country’s parliamentary seats in the 2019 EU elections.(...)

Matt Rubenstein / 29 Apr 2019

Pinkwashing Fascism

Alternative für Deutschland and the Gay Right

In 1934, in the infamous Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler ordered the liquidation of the entire leadership of the paramilitary SA, led by Hitler’s one-time second-in-command Ernst Röhm.(...)