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Little Little Lies

A new piece I wrote for The Washington Post: LINK

“The Big Lie was a product of a specific historical period, a totalizing scheme for national conformity, first imagined in Nazi Germany and then feared en masse throughout the Cold War.

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Books: Arkady Polishchuk's _Dancing on Thin Ice_ Due Out July 3, 2018


From the publisher’s promotion:

In this memoir, replete with Jewish humor and sardonic Russian irony, exiled Russian journalist and human rights advocate Arkady Polishchuk colorfully narrates his evolution as a dissenter and his work on behalf of persecuted Christians in 1970s Soviet Russia.

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21st Century Feudal

Another Dupe and Apologist for Totalitarian Communism

A couple of weeks ago, I expressed disgust that the President of the European Commission was going to give a speech commemorating the 200th birthday of Karl Marx. 982 more words


"Notes on Nationalism": George Orwell and Identity Politics

In 1945, George Orwell published a quite well-known essay, “Notes on Nationalism”, in the journal Polemic.

By the word “nationalism”, he didn’t mean its conventional meaning: an often quite strong allegiance to one’s official nation of birth or perhaps of naturalization. 697 more words


The Fate of Boxer

Late one evening in the summer, a sudden rumour ran round the farm that something had happened to Boxer. He had gone out alone to drag a load of stone down to the windmill. 1,718 more words


Robert Musil on stupidity

A recent freely available article by sociologist Bo Isenberg entitled “A modern calamity – Robert Musil on stupidity” in Journal of Classical Sociology.

This voluntary subordination might be dispassionate or fanatical and relates to not only collective ideologies, nationalism and totalitarianism but also excessive rationalism.

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