Democracy

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.

Electoral Win for Japanese Prime Minister Draws International Concern
Electoral Win for Japanese Prime Minister Draws International Concern

Japan’s general election gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), along with its coalition partner Komeito, a majority in both Houses of the Diet. The international community now wonders if the electoral success may embolden the Prime Minister to pursue his agenda more aggressively.

Smite Them Jesus Imprecatory Prayer
Smite Them, Jesus?

After Pastor Mark Burns’ prayer at the Republican National Convention, church leaders must teach when imprecatory prayer is appropriate—and when it is not.

Unsettling Affinity Autocracy
An Unsettling Affinity for Autocracy

In a rambling column otherwise focused on the November elections, Thomas Friedman revisited one of his favorite themes: his odd and unsettling affinity for autocracy.