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We Are Living Through a Democratic Emergency

A conversation with Anne Applebaum, Barton Gellman, and Adrienne LaFrance about January 6 and the fragility of American democracy.

Photo Samuel Corum / Getty


Trumps Next Coup Has Already Begun

January 6th was practice. Donald Trump's GOP is much better postioned to subvert the next election writes Pulitzer Prize winner Barton Gellman in The Atlantic 

Photo Mel D. Cole / The Atlantic


 The Bad Guys
are Winning

If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.

We have an army, a navy, an air force. But we don't have the tools to fight kleptocracy and disinformation aimed at undermining democracy and democratic alliances. We haven't even defined these things yet as a problem. Here's a first try.

Anne Applebaum sounds the alarm in her cover story for the December edition of The Atlantic


Illustration by Oliver Munday. Source images (left to right): Sven Creutzmann / Mambo Photo / Getty; Andrea Verdelli / Getty; Mikhail Svetlov / Getty; TPG / Getty; Mikhail Svetlov / Getty


French Toast
A review of Eric Zemmour's latest


by David Berlinski

Not yet even an official candidate, France's provocateur Eric Zemmour is polling right behind Macron in the run-up to the next

presidential election. Founding Editor of The Cosmopolitan Globalist Claire BerlinskiMy father was reading Eric Zemmour's latest book. When I asked him how it was, he replied, "Vile." Interesting, I replied. Perhaps you'd like to review it for us? "Why not," he said. Here is what he wrote.

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Last Best Hope



George Packer

Our next guest is an acclaimed National Book Award-winning author. In his latest book he diagnoses America's descent into a failed state, and envisions a path toward overcoming injustices, paralyses and divides. 

Photo © Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Read Charles Kaiser's review in The Guardian HERE

Why Nations Rise
Narratives and the Path 
to Great Power



Manjari Chatterjee Miller

What are rising powers? Do they challenge the international order? Why do some countries but not others become rising powers? In Why Nations Rise, our recent guest Manjari Chaterjee Miller answers these questions and shows that, all things being equal, we can look to history to learn fascinating patterns  of behavior in countries that have increased their economic and military power, and/or had opportunities to rise, and use these patterns to understand China and India today.



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