Democracy

Africa Hope Afropaternalism
Is There Hope for Africa?

Pessimism, paternalism, and pity are inappropriate responses to the present predicament of the people of Africa.

Caricatures of Unqualified

Thursday night’s “commander in chief” forum proved that both candidates are fantastically unfit to lead our nation

Book Review Samuel Moyn Christian Human Rights
The Secret History of a Popular Idea

Samuel Moyn’s Christian Human Rights argues that human rights should not be associated exclusively with the secular liberal left and liberal politics when the Christian right was historically involved with this project.

Winter is Coming Book Review Garry Kasparov
Better Bundle Up

Kasparov argues in Winter is Coming that Putin and his kleptocratic government poses serious risks for the world’s democracies as the oligarchs maintain their wealth and power by any means necessary.

Wrong Partners, Wrong Direction
Wrong Partners, Wrong Direction

As Recep Tayyip Erdogan steers Turkey further away from liberal democracy and ever closer to authoritarianism, we’re reminded of just how often President Obama has picked the wrong partners and chosen the wrong direction on the world stage.

What’s Houning Baskerville Brexit Theresa May
What’s Hounding Baskerville?

On reading Stephen Baskerville’s view of Brexit and its wake, I hear the sound of an axe grinding. I can’t tell what the axe is, but its grinding is loud and unmistakeable: it sounds through a relentless lack of charity. Quite what’s hounding Dr Baskerville, I do not know and will not presume to speculate. But the distorting effects are right up-front, and I must gainsay them.

Churchill FDR Atlantic Charter
Churchill, FDR, and the Atlantic Charter

Nearly two years after the start of the Second World War—with most of continental Europe under German occupation—Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill held their first wartime meeting, where they drafted the Atlantic Charter.

God, Mrs. Thatcher and Brexit, Too: Review of Filby’s God & Mrs. Thatcher
God, Mrs. Thatcher and Brexit, Too

In her book God & Mrs. Thatcher, Dr. Eliza Filby recognizes this tendency to perceive Margaret Thatcher as some ahistorical persona present in all of Britain’s affairs.

Britain Referendum Brexit Eighteenth Brumaire Theresa May
Britain’s Referendum and the Eighteenth Brumaire of Theresa May

No election has conferred Theresa May with any mandate. On the contrary, the voters who did say something quite different now have virtually no control over how the politicians who refused to lead on Brexit now manipulate the results for their own purposes.

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