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. (...)

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.(...)

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.(...)

Henrietta Foster / 27 Mar 2019

No Going Back

Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country

Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country is based on a year he spent in Moscow looking after his elderly grandmother who was suffering from dementia. It is a remarkable and absorbing book that charts the author’s complicated relationship with all things Russian.(...)

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.(...)

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