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The revolt against virtue

The virtuousness of progressive politics, often accompanied by privilege, can be hard to tolerate Project Syndicate | IAN BURUNA | A common explanation for the rise of right-wing demagogues around the world is that many people feel “left behind” by globalism, technology, deindustrialisation, pan-national institutions, and so on. They feel …

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COMMENT: What now for America?

After winning the House, democrats shouldn’t focus on shared loathing of Trump to win the nation COMMENT | IAN BURUMA | At least it wasn’t a disaster. If the Democrats had failed to secure a majority in the US House of Representatives, President Donald Trump would have felt almighty, with all …

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COMMENT: Moralism and the arts

To judge the moral component of artistic expression,look not at the person who made it but at the work itself COMMENT | IAN BURUMA | Chuck Close is an American artist, famous for painting large portraits. Severely paralyzed, Close is confined to a wheelchair. Former models have accused him of asking …

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COMMENT: The power of monuments

  Why the belief that smashing an image will somehow solve the problems associated with is wrong COMMENT | IAN BURUMA | The ghastly spectacle last month of neo-Nazis marching through Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying torches and barking slogans about the supremacy of the white race, was sparked by the city’s …

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COMMENT: War against the west

The most dangerous enemies of the West are people who often claim to be saving it, such as Orbán, France’s Marine Le Pen, the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders, Kaczyński, and Trump.  By: Ian Buruma In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous …

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Post-national football?

By Ian Buruma The contest of devoted nationalism and enlightened self-interest is what made the European Championships so beautiful to watch Some of the more hysterical German newspapers blamed Germany’s defeat against Italy in the semi-finals of the European championship on the fact that few players bothered to sing the …

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Ladies First, Women Last

By Ian Buruma The two things that get people most excited in cultural conflicts are religion and sex Many people still believe that the attacks of September 11, 2001, were not just acts of political terrorism, but part of a cultural war, a clash of civilizations. The two things that …

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