The Battleground / 08 Dec 2020

The Case for Jacques Derrida

Peter Salmon, in Conversation With John Foster

The spectre of Jacques Derrida haunts the world. Sixteen years after his death, he remains one of the most polarising figures in Western intellectual life, lauded and reviled in equal measure.(...)

The Battleground / 07 Dec 2020

Brexit and Racism

The Antisemitic Elements

Nationalism is a synonym for prejudice. It's a throwback to a time when citizenship was equivalent to ethnicity. If you look different or speak a language that's hard to understand, you must surely come from somewhere else.(...)
The Battleground / 24 Nov 2020

Brexit Above All Else

The Politics of Leave

Brexit is nowhere near being over. Regardless of whether a deal is concluded between the UK and EU, the process of disentangling the two will be felt for decades to come. Mostly, in the British Isles.(...)
The Battleground / 07 Oct 2020

Angry Young Britain

The Slowthai Remix

Why are all the artists minorities? It's a problem typical to countries which built their wealth on the Global South. Eventually, the money stops flowing, and the locals follow you home.(...)
The Battleground / 19 Jun 2020

Think Difference

The Battleground’s Summer Book List

2020 will be remembered as the year race broke. Not in a popular sense, to refer to the 1991 Dave Markey documentary about American punk. Rather, as the year that diversity became a subject of crisis, again.(...)
The Battleground / 03 Jan 2020

Reading Europe

The Battleground Guide to Winter Books

Journalists don't read enough books. Blame it on the 24-hour news cycle. If it's not a newspaper, it's social media. Or, if they're trying to disconnect, it's TV.(...)
The Battleground / 05 Jul 2019

The Appeal of Victory

Italy’s Strongman Complex: The Brando Benifei Interview

Salvini is always the winner. Peruse most major news media on the 2019 EU elections, and when you hit Italy, it’s always the case.(...)

The Battleground / 05 Jun 2019

Too Much About Salvini

The Battleground Guide to Summer Books (And One Magazine)

For the last six months, populism has been the only game in town. If it’s not Salvini it’s been Salvini. Not only was the topic over-reported. Predictions of his triumph were wrong.(...)

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