Tag Archives: Far-Right

Why Germany’s Aristocratic Coup Was Doomed From the Start

Twenty-five people have been arrested by German authorities on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. A failed coup attempt – and a series of raids involving hundreds of officers – seems like the sort of story that might happen in a far-flung part of the world, not the largest economy in Europe. 

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Conte’s Conundrum

Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has offered his resignation to the country’s president while he seeks to form a new governing majority. This is not entirely without precedent. It happens rather a lot in Italy, and Conte himself has done it before, in 2019. Then, everything was largely resolved without turmoil. This time, however, the world’s and Italy’s situations are different.

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‘Klepto-Queens’ and Far-Right Infighting

Earlier this year, the writer Sohrab Ahmari published a piece on the website of the religious-conservative magazine First Things explicitly attacking the worldview of another member of that tribe, David French.

The subject in hand was the future of the American right. Can it be reconciled both to Donald Trump and to God? Ahmari’s piece accused French of timidity, and of selling out both his politics and his faith in opposition to Trump. Ahmari phrased all this strongly, and was accused by a good number of doing so with harshness. Continue reading

All Politics Is Global

Donald Trump tweeted something strange last week. In itself, that’s nothing unusual. The President certainly has form when it comes to outlandish and whacky pronouncements.

But amid his calling the Mueller investigation ‘a rigged witch hunt’ and attacking his former lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump said something else. He revealed he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers’. Continue reading