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Trump’s playbook is not “Mein Kampf”, nor did Hitler play the role of a Chaplinesque clown

By Thomas Weber

Throughout the American election campaign, journalist Ron Rosenbaum resisted media requests to draw parallels between Donald Trump and the subject of his 1998 bestseller Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of his Evil. Yet everything has changed for Rosenbaum since the day of Trump’s inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America. In a recent piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books, he urged his readers to look at the striking similarities of Hitler and Trump in power.

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The Philosopher’s Revolution

By Justine Kolata

Justine Kolata received her BA from Yale University in philosophy and her MPhil from The University of Cambridge in politics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in German Philosophy at The University of Cambridge on enlightenment salon culture and conceptions of “a beautiful soul” in the philosophy of Goethe and Schiller. She is founder and director of The Public Sphere, a cultural organization that works to revive Enlightenment salon culture and strengthen structures of participatory democracy. She is also co-founder and co-director of The Bildung Institute, an Institute which teaches the art of self-cultivation through ideas, culture, music, and the arts.

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Surviving Bad Rulers

By Daniel Innerarity

Professor of Political Philosophy, Ikerbasque researcher at the University of the Basque Country and guest professor at Georgetown University. His most recent book is La política en tiempos de indignación (Politics in Times of Indignation).

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Martyrs on Stage: Notes from a Theater Director

By Dmitry Troyanovsky

Director Dmitry Troyanovsky stages productions, teaches, leads workshops, and develops new theatrical material at national and international institutions such as Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (China), American Repertory Theatre, Opera Idaho, Bard Music Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Moscow Art Theatre School, and 92 Street Y in New York. He is an MFA graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute for the Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Dmitry teaches in the Department of Theater Arts at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

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How the fear of a digital revolution gave birth to the new strongmen

Renown Czech intellectual and economist, Tomáš Sedláček, explores the double-edged sword of progress. Written by Tomáš Sedláček, translated by Denis Bravenec.

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“The only effective antidote to fact-free populism is a credible rationality”

Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He has authored fourteen books and his 2011 feature-length film Kissinger won the New York International Film Festival’s prize for best documentary. He writes a weekly column for the London Sunday Times and the Boston Globe.

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“The Trump presidency will generate a favorable context for the EU.”

Alexander Görlach interviews José Manuel Martínez SierraJean Monnet ad personam Professor for the Study of European Union Law and Government, Faculty Affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard and Faculty Associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

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The War on Facts

By Alexander Görlach

This year Mr. Trump and Mr. Farage challenged the Western narrative on what is seen as a fact. Time to teach them a lesson.

Celebrating the holidays, Christmas or Hanukkah, one may realize it is a great moment of the year to talk about facts: what are facts? What do facts mean and how do facts convert into relevance for policymaking and our daily life? The biblical tidings are rather wondrous: oil that would only supply the Tempel’s Menorah for one day lasted for eight days. Angels herald the birth of a child out of a virgin’s womb. Clearly the texts of the holy scriptures to our modern ear and mind do not reflect facts in the way we understand them today.

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For a complex democracy

By Daniel Innerarity

The recent rise in populism is caused by movements that inherently ignore other values of democracy. If populist ideas prove to be so acceptable for increasingly broader sectors of the population, it means there are more people who allow themselves to be convinced that democracy is only that.

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