Author: John Foster
John Foster is a historian of European politics.

We are living in a post-truth society, so we are told, in which everything is permitted, and the power of assertion is now equal to or greater than that of ascertainable facts. (More…)

Americans are fond of mouthing Senator Daniel Moynihan’s most famous bon mot: “You have a right to your own opinions, but you don’t have right to your own facts.” (More…)

If you want a snapshot of the “fight” against COVID-19 in the United States, you could hardly find a better model than Ohio governor Mike DeWine. (More…)

The presidential election in the United States is, at the time of this article’s writing, undecided, and will probably remain so for days, if not weeks, to come. (More…)

Whoever said it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism (Slavoj Žižek and Frederic Jameson are both blamed,) it’s a quote that has legs because it’s true. (More…)

As far as philosophers go, few qualify for the household name category in Germany more than 91-year-old Jürgen Habermas. (More…)

The middle class is the quintessential American category. It’s of foundational significance, although it is only since the Reagan era that it has had its current degree of political cachet. (More…)

It’s tragically appropriate that Mark Fisher, whose work was so deeply engaged with the idea of hauntology, about the persistence of the past, should speak to us from beyond the grave. (More…)

The West Coast is on fire which, grim as it is, has at least given everyone in United States something else to think about than COVID-19. (More…)