The Spontaneous Activation Of China’s Civil Society

Protesters in Beijing on Nov. 27. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Digital connectivity escapes the lockdown. BY NATHAN GARDELS, Nathan Gardels is the editor-in-chief of Noema Magazine. The startling public demonstrations against the zero-COVID lockdowns in China have shown yet again that inflexible hardlines set by autocrats are always brittle because they inexorably rouse the revolt of common sense. But there is a deeper story: the nascent emergence of an activated civil society sparked by Xi Jinping’s departure from the adaptive authoritarianism that has made China so successful over recent decades.  The spontaneous eruption of protests across the whole of China — from Beijing … Continue reading The Spontaneous Activation Of China’s Civil Society

An unholy alliance

Authoritarian leaders who play the religious card are not mere hypocrites. There’s something far more troubling going on Suzanne Schneider is deputy director and core faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (2018) and The Apocalypse and the End of History: Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism (2021). Viktor Orbán reportedly does not attend church. Benjamin Netanyahu eats at non-kosher restaurants. New York libertine Donald Trump lacks all manner of evident religious virtue. Yet it is a fact that today’s crop of aspiring authoritarians invoke religious themes and … Continue reading An unholy alliance

Democracy or apocalypse

Eric Voegelin and Hans Kelsen fled the Nazis. In the US, they clashed over the nature of modernity and government by David Dyzenhaus is a university professor of law and philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the British Academy, and lives in Ontario. In the 1930s, many European academics sought refuge in the United States, escaping the quickly deteriorating political situation in their home countries. Jewish scholars were ‘cleansed’ from the academy in Germany with the 1933 Law for the Restoration of the Civil Service and could sense … Continue reading Democracy or apocalypse

Hitler’s SS: How do ordinary people become sociopathic Nazis?

Were Hitler’s SS henchmen willing executioners fueled by racial propaganda or mindless servants vying for promotions? KEY TAKEAWAYS When it comes to understanding the evils of Nazism, historiography may be of more use to us than history.  Historiography is the study of how the way historians interpret a particular subject changes over time as trends shift and new analytical methods develop.  Immediately following the war, studies were based on interrogations with former Nazis. Later, these interrogations were replaced with the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. by Tim Brinkhof The driving factors behind the unprecedented violence witnessed during World War II have … Continue reading Hitler’s SS: How do ordinary people become sociopathic Nazis?


John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” ~“The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot Barely three years into the 2020s, and we seem to be living out the prophesies of the Book of Revelation with its dire warnings about plague, poverty, hatred and war. Just as the government hysteria over the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be dying down, new threats have arisen to occupy our attention and fuel our fears: food shortages, spiking inflation, rocketing gas prices, and a Ukraine-Russia conflict that threatens to bring about a world war. … Continue reading THE RISE OF GLOBAL FASCISM AND THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

UKRAINE: a parallax view of Zelensky, Biden, NATO, Covid19, graphene debris and the New World Order

I sincerely hope that this seminal post will force a revision of how most observers view the recent history of Ukraine. Zelensky is not a hero, he’s a corrupt, nasty piece of work adopted by the usual suspects. Biden is not a democratic politician, he is a depraved old man with a greedy son. Putin is not a nice person, but he refuses to see his countrymen raped. EUNATO is an expansionist Empire with delusions of hegemony pushed from behind by the US Unelected State. Biolabs in Ukraine are inextricably linked to the origins of Covid19 and the contents of … Continue reading UKRAINE: a parallax view of Zelensky, Biden, NATO, Covid19, graphene debris and the New World Order


John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Waking Times “Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners.”—George Carlin Cancel culture—political correctness amped up on steroids, the self-righteousness of a narcissistic age, and a mass-marketed pseudo-morality that is little more than fascism disguised as tolerance—has shifted us into an Age of Intolerance, policed by techno-censors, social media bullies, and government watchdogs. Everything is now fair game for censorship if it can be construed as hateful, hurtful, bigoted or offensive provided that it runs counter to the established viewpoint. In this way, the most controversial issues of our day—race, religion, sex, sexuality, politics, science, health, government … Continue reading THE AGE OF INTOLERANCE: CANCEL CULTURE’S WAR ON FREE SPEECH

When hope is a hindrance

For Hannah Arendt, hope is a dangerous barrier to courageous action. In dark times, the miracle that saves the world is to act Samantha Rose Hill is a senior fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and associate faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and the University of the Underground. She is the author of Hannah Arendt (2021) and Hannah Arendt’s Poems (forthcoming 2022), and her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, OpenDemocracy, Public Seminar, Contemporary Political Theory and Theory & Event. Edited by Nigel Warburton As Hannah Arendt and her husband Heinrich Blücher waited … Continue reading When hope is a hindrance


Patients and psychiatrists at Saint-Alban in France fought against fascism side by side. What can we learn from them? by Ben Platts-Mills is a writer based in the UK. Between 2013 and 2016, he led Who Are You Now?, a life-writing project that published the stories of brain-injury survivors. His memoir Tell me the Planets was published in 2018. Edited by Sally Davies Over the course of the Second World War, approximately 45,000 psychiatric patients died of starvation and disease in France, imprisoned in hospitals that were supposed to care for them. In 1979, one psychiatrist was interviewed by a newspaper about what … Continue reading Asylum

Nazis created an anti-Semitic Bible and Aryan Jesus

A Nazi institute produced a Bible without the Old Testament that portrayed Jesus as an Aryan hero fighting Jewish people. by Paul Ratner  Nazis created a special institute to erase Jewish presence in Christianity. The institute produced a Bible that omitted the Old Testament and completely rewrote the New Testament. Jesus was portrayed as an Aryan hero of human origin who fought Jewish people. The rise of the Nazis in the 20th century was a horrific byproduct of political, economic, and social tensions of the day. It was also rooted in often esoteric and devious spiritual influences and practices, with … Continue reading Nazis created an anti-Semitic Bible and Aryan Jesus