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Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma

Writing for PS since 2001
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  1. Free Speech Is Not a License to Kill
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    Free Speech Is Not a License to Kill

    Aug 29, 2022 Ian Buruma argues that political and religious leaders who stoke hatred must bear some responsibility for the consequences.

  2. Trump’s True Believers
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    Trump’s True Believers

    Aug 4, 2022 Ian Buruma explains the former US president’s continuing deep-rooted appeal to many Republicans.

  3. Catholics v. the Constitution
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    Catholics v. the Constitution

    Jun 30, 2022 Ian Buruma warns that a Supreme Court now controlled by religious radicals poses a grave threat to US institutions.

  4. Stop Blaming the Russian Soul
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    Stop Blaming the Russian Soul

    Jun 7, 2022 Ian Buruma shows why attributing Vladimir Putin’s aggression to an essential national character is wrong and dangerous.

  5. Why Is Macron Hated?
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    Why Is Macron Hated?

    Apr 29, 2022 Ian Buruma argues that many voters’ visceral aversion to the French president reflects long-term shifts in party politics.

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    Putin’s New Nuclear Blackmail

    Dina Khapaeva

    There is no question that Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats must be taken seriously. But if the West gives in to his blackmail and allows him to claim Ukrainian lands and declare victory in the war, then the world order as we know it will collapse, and many other peoples will look to the future with dread.

    urges Western leaders not to give in to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats.
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    Why Populists Don’t Concede

    Jan-Werner Mueller explains the political logic of fraudulently crying “fraud” in response to an electoral loss.
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    The Challenge of Monetary Tightening

    Takatoshi Ito identifies the main risks raised by central banks’ efforts to rein in inflation.
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    The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.
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    The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    After previously eschewing interest-rate hikes, the US Federal Reserve has been tightening monetary policy at an unprecedented rate. But the current market turmoil and the central bank’s own revised projections show that a great deal of damage has already been done.

    interprets the latest market tumult as the price of delaying monetary-policy tightening for too long.
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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.

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