Nasty journalism

What with global warming to worry about, and Syria, and the Sixth Extinction, we really shouldn't be spending any of our attention on what Donnie Darko said about Meghan Markle, or vice versa. But a small amount of attention is necessary in this case, for the sake of both fairness and the language. (Also, it …

Those who would be king

Authoritarianism is on the rise ... measurably. Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton has said that one of the most fundamental determiners of your life's good or ill fortune is whether you live under a transparent, democratically biddable government, or under an opaque and corrupt one. In a world that seems to be full of pitiless …

Fascism for beginners

There's so much being written about threats to democracy that it's hard to keep up. On the 1936 v 2018 question, the most recent New York Review of Books has a thoughtful, nuanced piece by historian Christopher R. Browning, The Suffocation of Democracy. And there's an earlier piece by Browning, reviewing Volker Ullrich's book on Hitler, …