By Seyitcan Ucin and George Kunkel This morning, members of Princeton Private Prison Divest (PPPD) – a coalition of Princeton […]
Like Al-Qaeda, ISIS took advantage of the disenfranchised, many of whom were enticed by the prospect of political and economic stability which had been lacking their entire lives. Unfortunately, the radicalism ascendant across Iraq and Syria was almost entirely avoidable. It was not the inevitable circumstance of demographics and history, but rather arose as the result of willful ignorance on the parts of Western elites who viewed the region as a collection of commodities and short term strategic choices.
Currently, Labour is a weak and fragmented party that has a confused sense about what to do. It will not provide the singular platform necessary to articulate a coherent left-wing message, even if it had the leader to do it. Corbyn is a deserved product of Labour’s travails; but he is not the person the party, nor the left, needs right now.
In its embodiment of the experience of the radicalized academic-turned-policymaker, Yanis’s career exemplifies the ideal path through which young, aspiring American and European intellectuals of the left can gain real political authority: by leveraging scholarly successes in some policy-relevant field in order to ascend to positions of direct political power.