Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  1. Democracy’s Missing Meaning

    Richard K. Sherwin
  2. The Paradox of Identity Politics

    Kemal Derviş

    The Paradox of Identity Politics


     says that nationalism risks leaving officials unable to address the causes of popular frustration.

    Nationalism Flanders flag protest Tijl Vercaemer/Flickr

    For decades, political debate in Europe focused largely on economic institutions and policies. But, with the growing success of appeals to identity and renewed ethnic or religious nationalism, that is changing, leaving officials less able to address the causes of popular frustration. READ MORE

  3. The End of 1945

    Ian Buruma

    The End of 1945


     laments the demise of the post-war social-democratic welfare state.

    World war II veteran US National Park Service/Flickr

    Much of the post-World War II consensus no longer survives: Few people can muster enthusiasm for the UN, the European dream is in crisis, and the social-democratic welfare state is being eroded more and more every day. But today, seventy years later, we would do well to remember why that consensus was forged in the first place. READ MORE

  4. Putin on Parade

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Putin on Parade


     reflects on the surreal nature of Russia's upcoming World War II anniversary celebration.

    Russia victory parade tanks Dai Tianfang/ZumaPress

    This May’s parade in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II promises to be the greatest Victory Day celebration since the Soviet Union’s collapse. But no parade, however grand, can obscure the truth: Russia’s days as a superpower are in the past. READ MORE

  5. Effective Altruism

    Peter Singer

    Effective Altruism


     argues that, though donating our time and resources may make us happier, that is not why we do it.

    Altruism monks giving alms laos Peter Nijenhuis/Flickr

    Several studies show that people who are generous typically are happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who do not give. But these donors’ direct motive is to help others, and their giving makes them happier only as a consequence of the fact that it does help others. READ MORE

Focal Point

Skidelsky and Ferguson Debate Austerity

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