The spineless school bureaucrats who fired tennis coach Aaron Persky because of his lenient ruling in a sex assault case when he was a judge is helping turn the quest for justice into mob rule, the law into a popularity contest and the independent...
Yascha MounkA lot of people privately ask me why I worry about cancel culture. Surely the consequences tend to be trivial...
Here's one example: The judge who gave Brock Turner an overly lenient sentence has just been fired from his second career *as a tennis coach*.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.
Yascha MounkUntil a few years ago, the best 250 universities in the world were all located in democracies. Today, the best Chinese universities are on 23rd and 24th place - and moving up quickly.
The authoritarian challenge to democratic soft power is a big deal.
Labor law in France has strong protections in such cases, even if the accident or injury had little to do with the employee’s job.
Yascha MounkLong live social democracy!
"A court in France has ruled that a man who died from a heart attack after having sex during a business trip had suffered a work-related accident and that his employer was liable."
She was on trial for entering a football stadium disguised as a man - a punishable offence in Iran.
Yascha MounkFaced with a long jail sentence for dressing up as a man to see a soccer match, a woman in Iran set herself on fire - and died.
@FIFAcom should suspend Iran from international competition until women are allowed to enter soccer stadiums.
Under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Hungary has been one of the most stridently anti-immigration voices in the European Union. Yet officials have been less vocal about the country’s own legal-immigration regime—which recently became one of Europe’s...
Andreas Kalbitz is vying to become rightwing German party’s first state premier
Yascha MounkA senior member of Germany's populist AfD travelled to Athens for a neo-Nazi rally in 2007.
"The group drew the attention of the local police because they had hung a flag bearing the swastika from the balcony of Hotel Solomou in central Athens."
His decision to temporarily suspend Parliament is the most dangerous assault on Britain’s institutions in living memory.
Yascha MounkBoris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament is the most blatant assault on democracy in Britain’s living memory, and one of the most serious any Western country has faced in the populist era.
Yascha MounkBefore Britain acquired a reputation for moderation, it fought a civil war over the principle that parliament should check the executive's whims.
Now, Boris Johnson has suspended parliament to override the will of most its members.
The only factor militating toward charging the former FBI deputy director is a sustained campaign of presidential agitation for his scalp.
Yascha MounkI try to avoid commenting on every little scandal coming out of the Trump WH.
But if the DoJ presses charges against Andrew McCabe on very tenuous grounds, and after the repeated urging of the President, we would be on new—and newly scary—terrain.
By punishing Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College has dealt a blow to free speech.
Yascha MounkA supporter of antifa has been fired due to his school's "commitment to harboring a safe learning environment for our students."
The fear that somebody's views might make people feel unsafe is a terrible reason to fire an academic - whatever his views.
The state’s failure to ratify the high-profile civil wedding calls into question its authority over traditional faith groups
Yascha MounkIn Lebanon, a Christian and a Muslim wanted to get married.
What happened next tells you a lot about the restrictions on liberty that inevitably follow when the state puts groups, rather than individuals, at the center of the law.
He’s unpopular, scandalous, and a bigot, and we may be sliding into a recession. But that might not matter.
Yascha Mounk@FiveThirtyEight@natesilver Trump is an abnormal president. It's perfectly possible that he will also prove abnormal in a more prosaic way—by losing his bid for reelection.
But what is eminently possible need not be likely.
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Yascha MounkThere are many reasons why Trump might lose in 2020. His scandals. His bigotry. A looming recession.
Even so, I think that it is at this stage more likely than not that he will reelection.
Yascha MounkOn the latest episode of The Good fight, I talk to @davidfrum about the evolution of conservatism, health care. immigration, and how to beat Donald Trump.
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