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Mourning Poland’s Burning Man

Polish man sets himself on fire after distributing letter condemning PiS Party

Trump im weißen Haus Fake News  © Christoph Scholz | Flickr

Our Dark Times

Setting the Intellectual and Political Context for the Investigation of Media, The New Authoritarianism and Its Alternatives

Conservatives © Christopher Lewis | Flickr
Liberal Democracy in Question

Far-Right Über Alles

The Far Right Alignment of Trump, Putin, Orbán, Kaczynski, and Johnson

Berlin Wall, June 1989 © Angr | Wikimedia Commons

The Communist Roots of Anti-Refugee Sentiment

Those seeking to explain why the response to foreigners on the part of Eastern Europeans — in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and eastern Germany — has been so severe and contemptuous have to take a look back.

It must have been shortly before we left for Germany, in 1980 or 1981. My father had taken me — I was five or six at the time — for a walk at the edge of our apartment complex in Toruń, Poland. Along the way he pointed at a deserted construction site. It was supposed to be an indoor swimming pool, but the materials and willpower needed to complete the project were obviously lacking. The pool basin had been finished many years earlier; …