Shadi and Damir talk about how racism, virtue signaling, the fundamental illegitimacy of the Chinese state, and how both consensus and irreconcilability can be fatal for democracy.
Damir MarusicListen up! New episode of @WisdomCrowdsPod is live! @shadihamid and I talk about the weaponization of wokeness, the fundamental illegitimacy of the Chinese state, and the problem of universal values. Good wholesome fun for the whole family.
Nationalism is the natural language of the politics of insecurity. To focus on intellectually overcoming it would be a waste of time.
Damir MarusicMy review of an engrossing and ambitious new history book that doubles as an attack on breezy popular understandings of nationalism as something that can be “overcome”—John Connelly’s From People Into Nations.
The polymath economist defends capitalism, liberalism, dating apps, and immigration—and explains how China is making movies sexless.
Damir MarusicTeamed up once again with my sharp young colleague @aaronsibarium, this time to talk with the great @tylercowen. As expected, one of the richest and most entertaining conversations I've taken part of in a long time. Podcast version coming!
Damir MarusicThere's something to be said here about the return of politics to Europe—transactional politics, sure—against the strict and strident de-politicization of the Brussels consensus. People balk at this as inherently bad, but... it's not necessarily.
How to temper idealism with the demands of responsible statecraft—without abandoning our commitment to democracy and human rights? This is the question facing America’s foreign policy hands as they look beyond the Trump presidency.
Vladimir Milov, one of Russia's top opposition activists, discusses how local grievances are fueling discontent across Russia's regions—and why today's protests are so different from those of the recent past.
The controversial film captures the reality of our peer-to-peer age: From Hong Kong to Paris, mass movements are increasingly flaring up without formal leadership or organization.
Damir MarusicA great and thought-provoking read by my friend and colleague @OrlovaKarine on what’s behind the leaderless peer-to-peer protests sweeping the world, and what it might say about the shape of politics yet to come.
A new biography about Israel's founder shows that the idea of one political Jewish people is a myth, an illusion.
Damir MarusicAn excellent essay by @b_judah, on one level a book review, but really so much more—a beautiful memoir, an elegy, an analysis. Everything he says about the American Jewish experience and the attendant "progressive" view of history applies to all Americans.
As Branko Milanović notes in his new book, capitalism convincingly triumphed over socialism at the end of the Cold War. That does not mean that struggles between the emerging variants of capitalism—liberal-meritocratic and political—will be any less...
Damir MarusicI'm so pleased to have a new piece by the great @nils_gilman in our pages, a rumination on competition with China, modernization theory, and @BrankoMilan's new book. So very much worth your time.
Damir MarusicLet me piggyback on this with something I wrote last year. It’s striking to go back and read Pat Buchanan’s 1992 “Culture War” speech at the Republican National Convention in light of how the delegitimization crisis has developed since.