The man of the hour

by Katalin Balog "As he died to make man holy, let us die to make things cheap." –Leonard Cohen, "Steer your way" In this article I use a distinction borrowed from philosophy, between objectivity and subjectivity, to look at the nature of the Trump presidency. I explicated that distinction in more detail in some earlier…

A crack in everything

by Katalin Balog There is a crack, a crack in everything That's how the light gets in.(Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”) *This essay, on the personal in politics, is written in lieu of the final instalment of The Brain’s I, a series I have been publishing here on the subjective/objective divide in our lives and thought. The…

An inconsistent triad: Trump, Sanders, Clinton, and the radical mismatch in the theater of politics

by Katalin Balog I. Trump In the last 30 years, I have witnessed, criss-crossing the Atlantic, first, my native Hungary's transition from communism to democracy and capitalism, and, for the past 6, its about-face: the sudden dismantling of the institutional system of liberal democracy, as well as the rapid spread of crony capitalism, the establishment…