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The meaning of Obama

The messianic cult around Obama was always at odds with his modest policy proposals. But events can force politicians to be bold. The new president has a chance to redefine American liberalism
Michael Lind  

Hammer & tickle

Communism is the only political system to have created its own international brand of comedy. The standard interpretation is that communist jokes were a form of resistance. But they were also a safety valve for the regimes and jokes were…
Ben Lewis  


Australia goes to the polls on 2nd March. Paul Keating's Labour Party came from behind in 1993. It might do so again. Nicolas Rothwell saw the Labour leader finding his voice in the Blue Mountains
Nicolas Rothwell