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

One of the most oft-repeated criticisms of the left is that it has no plausible utopia to offer. (More…)

National populism seems to have been dealt a blow by the defeat of Donald Trump. Yet, like some down-market vampire in a B-grade horror flick, the scourge refuses to die. (More…)

The threat posed by climate change is among the most common of concerns repeated these days. All too often it’s expressed by the sort of person who is as unlikely to do anything. (More…)

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…)