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Introducing: “Disaster X”

Maximilian C. Forte , June 26th, 2022

Disaster X is a new publication, that is tied to this site: it is available on Substack. Here I just want to briefly introduce the material that already…


Book Review: ‘Ethnicity and Democracy in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland’

The Familiar Strange , May 8th, 2022

In the book Ethnicity and Democracy, Mona Chettri offers a rich ethnography originating from fieldwork conducted in three EH borderland areas: Darjeeling (India), Sikkim (India), and Ilam in…

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Can the Democratic Party survive racism as a strategy?

Ian Haney López , December 15th, 2021

The Democratic Party is famously bad at communicating a unifying story about its vision for society. Indeed, Democrats all too often campaign as if their opponent is another…

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The Pandemic Narrative and the War Against the People: Day 2 of an Online Interdisciplinary Symposium

Maximilian C. Forte , August 1st, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021 was Day #2 of an online international and interdisciplinary symposium organized by Doctors for Covid Ethics (see the report for Day #1). The symposium…


GameStop, the Platform-Democracy-Complex and the Promise of Crypto

Johannes Lenhard , February 25th, 2021

The trading platform Robinhood tried to wiggle itself back into the heart of the masses with a prime-time ad during the Super Bowl break the first weekend of…


Military coup in Myanmar: back to square one?

standplaatswereld , February 4th, 2021

In the early morning of 1 February, the day that a newly elected government was supposed to convene, Myanmar’s military staged a coup, taking government leaders captive and…

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Roberto J. González on his book, Connected

| , August 10th, 2020

Interview by Patricia G. Lange https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520344211/connected Patricia G. Lange: According to your book, the people of the remote community of Talea in Oaxaca, Mexico have a say…

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The Chilean Estallido, Plebiscite 2020, and Legacies of Truth-Telling

Joseph Feldman , July 15th, 2020

On November 25, 2019, Chilean feminist collective, Las Tesis, gathered in Santiago’s Plaza de Armas. Against a backdrop of anti-Piñera graffiti painted on government buildings, museums, and Catholic…

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India’s lockdown tragedy: bleeding along the fault lines of a nation

A.R. Vasavi , June 23rd, 2020

As India comes out of a long and harsh lockdown, and Covid-19 cases are rising with worrying speed, it is important to reflect on the  Indian government’s response…

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Sophia Hornbacher-Schönleber: “A Matter of Priority”: The Covid-19 Crisis in Indonesia

focaal_admin , May 11th, 2020

Sophia Hornbacher-Schönleber, University of Cambridge COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in Indonesia. The government ignored the crisis for too long, relying on a dubious religious discourse of divine pro…


Brexit, the Uncivil War: Watering Myths with the Teardrops of the Ruling Class

Maximilian C. Forte , May 21st, 2019

What have been billed as momentous EU Parliament elections are taking place this week (May 23–26), and it seemed like the right time to review some Brexit films—one…


A Desperate Empire Crashes in Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , May 1st, 2019

The April 30, 2019, coup attempt in Venezuela has come and gone. The coup has failed. “Failed state” theory just got a lot more complicated. No longer can…


The WikiLeaks Case: Democracy Dies in Empire

Maximilian C. Forte , April 14th, 2019

In the avalanche of news reports that have washed over the globe since the abduction of Julian Assange, this conversation struck me as containing numerous points of importance….


Julian Assange, Political Prisoner: A Dark Day for Citizenship

Maximilian C. Forte , April 12th, 2019

After a day of following RT’s live coverage of the outrageous arrest of Julian Assange, abducted from the Embassy of Ecuador in London by British police agents, and…


Fiction Plus Coercion Makes Reality: The Illegitimacy of the US-led Coup in Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , February 15th, 2019

After considering the economic foundation of current US intervention, designed to erase Venezuela’s economic sovereignty, the purpose here is to focus more on the political side of the…


Speaking with Silence

Adam Hodges , October 23rd, 2018

Silence can be a powerful communicative tool in today’s political landscape. Words take center stage in the verbal sparring of the Twitter age. Against the backdrop of Trumpian…

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Syria: The New Terra Nullius

Maximilian C. Forte , October 7th, 2018

SYRIA, seat of an Islamic Caliphate. Syria, site of the Middle East’s newest liberal democracy. Syria, socialist paradise. Syria, a corrupt and murderous dictatorship that practices genocide. Syria,…


Reclaiming a Broken Future for the Past

Kathryn Sampeck , October 4th, 2018

The revolution in information and communications technologies, which had so much promise for broadening access and participation in scholarship, certainly seems much darker and more ominous now. Socia…

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The Nerds’ Turn: Battling for a Democratic Academia in Poland

Mateusz Laszczkowski , June 11th, 2018

As students and academics in Poland are fighting to defend democracy and autonomy of the universities, this post is a battle cry. It outlines the threats to intellectual…



Chuck Sturtevant , April 23rd, 2018

When the news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III indicted a Russian “troll farm” and 13 individuals associated with it, news and commentary reacted with outrage over…

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Populism and the Conundrums of Democracy in Italy

Sinan Celiksu , February 28th, 2018

There is one pattern that characterizes post-Cold War Italy: new political figures emerge, espousing an anti-establishment rhetoric, but end up bringing the people more of the same. Whether…

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Book Review: The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy by Péter Csigó

Rose Deller , February 7th, 2018

In The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy, Péter Csigó argues that the financial crisis of 2008 has prompted the development of novel forms of sense-ma…

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REDUX: “Cleaning Up the Streets” #AnthroState

Colin Hoag , January 18th, 2018

Hillbrow, Johannesburg: It’s April 2008. I am in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, one of Johannesburg’s most happening nightclubs since the Apartheid era. As with the Hillbrow…


The Price of Eggs: Iran’s protests beyond democracy and capitalism

Simon Theobald , January 10th, 2018

As the dust settles on Iran’s recent bout of protests, the surge of commentary, punditry, and analysis is likely to continue, no longer working to explain these apparently…

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