Category Archives: Thoughts of others

Tony Judt on twentieth-century Marxism

Originally posted on Understanding Society:
Tony Judt was especially astute when it came to linking history and intellectuals. One strand of thought in his collection of essays,?Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, is a critical engagement with several twentieth-century…

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Fascist populism and the threat to democracy

Originally posted on Understanding Society:
What features of a political regime contribute to political loyalty and commitment on the part of its citizens? Can a fascist dictatorship inspire political loyalty and commitment from the mass of society? And what about…

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What is Fascism and who are today’s Fascists?

Originally posted on Ryan Buesnel:
Presentation: Café of Dangerous Ideas, February 27th, 2021 Ryan Buesnel rbuesnel@csu.edu.au In his 2018 book How Fascism Works, Jason Stanley offers an assessment of the state of American politics under the leadership of Donald Trump…

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Joseph Pulitzer’s Retirement Speech & The Traits of Journalism

Originally posted on Maliha Khanam:
Source: Canva “Always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always oppose privileged classes and public, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied…

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How will China ease policy in response to the power cuts and Evergrande?

Originally posted on Notayesmanseconomics's Blog:
2021 was not supposed to be like this. The narrative for 2021 was that the Chinese economy would pick up strongly after the Covid-19 pandemic and be a leading indicator for the rest of…

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Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman (Summary)

Originally posted on The Herston Project:
★★★★ Utopia for realists shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are implementable. Every milestone of civilization was once considered a utopian fantasy, however, if we set our sights on…

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The importance of utopia and how to get there

Originally posted on Everyday Activism Stories:
The greatest achievement of those who champion capitalism, according to activist and author David Graeber, has been the destruction of vision. By vision, I mean not the ability to look into our own futures…

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Afghanistan – ‘An Anatomy of Reporting’; Twenty-Five Years On: 1996-2021.

Originally posted on Andrew James:
John Simpson has been travelling the world as a journalist for forty years, reporting on the many wars, disasters and international events during that time. Even the attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York…

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How the Taliban Began – Afghanistan 1994-97 – John Simpson’s Journal (and how different are they now, really?)

Originally posted on Andrew James:
The Road to Kabul: Recent developments in Afghanistan, particularly over the past fortnight, together with this week’s (18th August) emergency debate in the House of Commons, have prompted me to write further on the question…

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Brexit, what we lost in the fire

Originally posted on Centre for Brexit Studies Blog:
By Ferry Biedermann, freelance journalist working both in the UK and in Europe. He has contributed to the Financial Times, CNBC, the Washington Post, Trouw newspaper in the Netherlands and many others.…

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