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Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, is the author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present (W.W. Norton & Company, 2020).

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  1. The New-Old Authoritarianism
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    The New-Old Authoritarianism

    Jun 10, 2024 Ruth Ben-Ghiat explains how Donald Trump and other “strongmen” leaders are dismantling democracy.

  2. The New-Old Authoritarianism
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    The New-Old Authoritarianism

    Jun 7, 2024 Ruth Ben-Ghiat explains how Donald Trump and other “strongmen” leaders are dismantling democracy.

  3. An Interview with Ruth Ben-Ghiat
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    An Interview with Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    Feb 23, 2021 Ruth Ben-Ghiat suggests how the Biden administration can combat democratic erosion, highlights the international nature of white supremacy, and draws lessons from Italy on how not to address corruption.

  4. American Democracy’s Moment of Truth
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    American Democracy’s Moment of Truth

    Nov 2, 2020 Ruth Ben-Ghiat explains why the impact that Donald Trump has had on American politics will not easily be reversed.

  5. The Trump Contagion
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    The Trump Contagion

    Mar 25, 2019 Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al. recommend five urgent steps to counter the grave threat the US president poses to global security.

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    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
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    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.
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    The Dead Hand of Neoliberalism Is Blocking Green Growth

    Laura Carvalho sees rich countries pursuing industrial strategies while poorer countries are prevented from following suit.
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    Will the Democrats Win After Biden’s Withdrawal?

    Richard Haass

    US President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race has revived the Democrats’ chances of victory. Given the profound differences between the two parties, it is difficult to exaggerate just how much is at stake when Americans vote this November.

    explains how the new Democratic nominee could get out from under the shadow of an unpopular president.

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