Left-wing melancholia?

There was an interesting book review in the Boston Review recently by Peter Gordon of Enzo Traverso’s Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History and Memory. In his introduction Gordon was very quick to link the book’s subject with the recent election of Trump: November 9, 2016, was a strange day to walk …

Restless ghosts: the psychopathology of Brexit (part 2):

Is Brexit  the manifestation of a right-wing populism?  Certainly, some of the key motivations that appear to stand behind Brexit, which include concerns about immigration, a desire to see Britain ‘great’ again, xenophobia (especially towards ‘Europeans’), a distrust of (liberal) political elites, social conservatism veering towards authoritarianism, and so on, …

Ideology and (de)radicalisation (part 1)

In the wake of the recent Paris attacks there has been a lot of soul searching regarding the state of readiness of Western capitals to both prevent and respond to such events.  And part of this soul searching has focused on the question of radicalisation and de-radicalisation.  In other words, …

Whither liberal democracy?

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket attacks in Paris last week, a fierce debate appears to be developing about the precise nature of freedom in a liberal democracy such as France, and, perhaps more importantly, whether there is contradiction at the heart of liberal democratic ideology …