Yascha MounkIt's hard to overstate how utterly craven it is for the @EPP to keep tolerating Viktor Orban in its midst.
It would take one clear word from Angela Merkel for this shameful prevarication to end.
Why won't she publicly condemn this, @RegSprecher?
Last fall, Tobi Haslett, a young writer and critic with Marxist leanings, noticed a shift in the contours of popular intellectual debate. “Something is happening out there in the dark fields of ‘the discourse,’ ” Haslett wrote in Bookforum....
Yascha Mounk"In a Manichaean world such as ours, the degree to which one refuses to become not just a partisan but a recycler of ideological talking points is the extent to which one descends into 'incoherence.'"
Must-read first @thomaschattwill column for @harpers.
Two Turkish children have been pardoned by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a trial over their insults of him and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), on the condition that they apo...
In assessing presidential contenders, voters may ask themselves: Would they have a good time if we shared a drink in my living room?
Yascha MounkPundits often say that voters support the candidate they'd rather get a beer with.
The truth is the other way around:
The most important test is whether voters think that a candidate would like to get a beer with them.
My latest @TheAltantic.
Yascha MounkLikability doesn't matter. Voters don't care whether it'd be fun to get a beer with the president.
But whether politicians like people does matter: No one wants to feel that a candidate would write them off as losers or bigots if he got a beer with them.
Yascha MounkPundits often claim that voters support the candidate they'd rather get a beer with.
This get things exactly backwards. The most important test is whether voters think that a candidate would like to get a beer with them.
Read my latest @TheAltantic.
Madhav Khosla describes the remarkable work of the founders of independent India. All at once they built a democratic system in the midst of illiteracy and poverty enforced by a century of imperial domination and neglect. They crafted a constitution...
Yascha MounkNarendra Modi is in the midst of a big attack on the Indian Constitution.
To understand why this is so dangerous, and how India managed to build a thriving democracy despite big obstacles, read @MadKhosla's excellent new book: India's Founding Moment.
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KSNT) – In a joint press conference with McDonald’s Monday night, the Herington Police Chief said the coffee cup incident was a hoax. Chief Brian Hornaday said McDo…
Yascha MounkLesson from this and other hoaxes:
If we allow anyone to become the center of a news cycle by scribbling something stupid on their own coffee cup, a lot of shameless people will scribble stupid things on their own coffee cups to hijack a news cycle.
"Oma" ist 'ne Umweltsau - WDR Kinderchor. - Satire oder Ernstgemeint? Der WDR hat auf die Kritik an seinem Satire-Video „Meine Oma ist ‘ne alte Umweltsau“ re...
Yascha MounkWhen stupidity meets fecklessness:
A German public broadcaster had its children's choir sing a ludicrous song shaming their grandmothers as "pigs who sin against the environment."
Then, it disappeared the video off the internet.
Fail upon fail.
Olavo de Carvalho’s anger has inspired a number of Brazilian far-right politicians, the country’s president among them.
Yascha Mounk"During his visit to Washington, Bolsonaro hosted a formal dinner. Olavo sat on Bolsonaro's right, Bannon on his left."
I've been waiting for someone to write a profile of Brazil's most influential far-right intellectual. @TheAtlantic just delivered.