The best of the past week’s coverage of the war in Ukraine.
In ideological terms, Putin’s regime is neither totalitarian nor fascist. But it is reactionary, and in a way that begs questions about the recent maltreatment of language in Western politics
Putin often uses words to mean exactly the opposite of what they normally do – a practice diagnosed by political author George Orwell as ‘doublespeak,’ or the language of totalitarians.
The convoy’s comparison of Canada’s current government to Nazi Germany draws on previously existing statephobia.
George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was an instant success when it was first published. His writings on totalitarianism and socialism continue to be relevant today.
What are the political implications of AI knowing us better than we know ourselves?
Any amateur politician can engage in lying. President Donald Trump is going further than that. He’s engaging in ‘post-truth’.
Technology has made many aspects of daily life much easier. So why do we still feel so overwhelmed?
As despotic personality cults go, Stalin’s example still leads the pack. But North Korea’s ruling family have taken it to a new extreme.
Critical decolonisation means accepting risk of error. It means considering whether indigenous knowledge systems might contain truths that western science hasn’t accessed.
As Solzhenitsyn saw it, simple truths are always a threat to totalitarianism.
Donald Trump embodies the corrosive culture of narcissism at its worst. It’s a trap.