Was the Weimar Republic a “democracy without democrats”? Konstantin Sietzy on democracy vs. nationalism. Did the Allies liberate Europe from Fascism? Many leftists would say no. Geert Wilders and Marie Le Pen plan Right-wing populist faction in EU Parliament. Bulgaria is on the verge of collapse, and Right-wing extremism is on the rise. Is fascism returning to Europe? Social democracy, the radical Left and the spectre of populism: Giorgos Katsambekis interviews Philippe Marliere on European politics. Katy Fox-Hodess on Greece’s fascist threat: The fascist Golden Dawn party has drawn Greece’s ruling party further right — and opened space for deeper austerity measures (and more). Think the Tea Party is crazy? Europe's rising neo-fascism is a taste of what's coming if austerity prevails in America. Europe’s cup of tea: It’s not just here that the right has gone “wacko” — it isn’t interested in governing effectively in Europe, either. Dominique Moisi on why European conservatives must shun alliances with far-right forces. Contrary to popular perceptions, Euroskeptics and the far right have lost as often as they have gained in recent elections. Should extremist parties be banned? As Robert Jackson put it, the constitution is not “a suicide pact”. As Europe swings to the right, BBC journalist Nick Fraser asks: is the EU worth saving? From Aleteia, is an old specter haunting Europe? Some people want to ditch democracy and bring back dictatorship — and they're absolutely serious (and a response: Which fascism is in fashion in Europe? Kirk Kilpatrick wonders). Meet Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the French comedian behind soccer's antisemitism controversy (and more).
From PS: Political Science and Politics, a symposium on the Politics of the Superhero. From Interpersona, Mercedes Tappe, Lisamarie Bensman, Kentaro Hayashi, and Elaine Hatfield (Hawaii): Gender Differences in Receptivity to Sexual Offers: A New Research Prototype; Stephen Reysen (Texas A&M) and Iva Katzarska-Miller (Transylvania): Playing Moderately Hard to Get; and Andrew Dix (Middle Tennessee State): A New Era of Courtship: Let Me Contemplate Our Speed-Date to Determine the Interconnectedness of Conversation and Physical Attraction. The war over Wolf of Wall Street: Does Scorsese's would-be masterpiece glorify greed and debauchery or attack them, and how do we know for sure? Canadian libricide: Tories torch and dump centuries of priceless, irreplaceable environmental archives. From The Believer, Sarah Marshall revisits the myths and media narratives behind the off-ice melodrama of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and the 1994 winter Olympics. Can physicists find time travelers on Facebook? Two researchers just completed what was perhaps the most comprehensive search for people from the future so far. Bruce Barcott on the Great Marijuana Experiment: As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near record highs. Dick Metcalf, a longtime columnist for Guns & Ammo, questioned when the regulation of guns became infringement of the right to bear arms — he was quickly fired, squelching any debate.
Jane E. Fountain (UMass): On the Effects of e-Government on Political Institutions. Christian R. Grose (USC): Field Experimental Work on Political Institutions. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama on the decay of American political institutions: We have a problem, but we can’t see it clearly because our focus too often discounts history. Alex Seitz-Wald on a how-to guide to blowing up the constitution: With America paralyzed by government gridlock, maybe it's time to admit that our political system doesn't work anymore — what if we start over? From The Monkey Cage, is there political gridlock in Congress, or are we holding it to the wrong standards of legislative output? Sarah Binder investigates. Don’t mistake this for gridlock: Tyler Cowen on how the American political system allows for more change than its current reputation suggests. We can work it out: Political scientists prescribe strategies for fixing a dysfunctional Congress. In the absence of favorable party configurations in Congress, and lacking the ability to use public opinion to pressure legislators, presidents should consider an alternative strategy to going public; at the core of this strategy is quiet negotiations — the opposite of going public, what we may term “staying private”. David Weigel on John Podesta and the Imperial Presidency. Nathan Blumenthal and Xavier Jackson on 5 ways U.S. democracy is more rigged than you think.