Maximilian Kriz

Pencil politics II: Trump and Avengers inspire cartoons

Pencil politics II: Trump and Avengers inspire cartoons

di Maximilian Kriz

In terms of appearance in political cartoons, there is a clear winner: US President Donald Trump. He should not feel too flattered about this achievement, though. Recent events demonstrate once more that the global world order depends on the mood and machinations of the American President. The conflict in Syria, Iran’s position in the Middle East, dialogue with North Korea,… continua

The death of democracy in the 21st century

The death of democracy in the 21st century

di Maximilian Kriz

Unemployment, inequality and popular discontent undermine our belief in democracy, just as they did during the runup to World War II. But are comparisons with the dramatic 1930s really justified? 2016 was an annus horribilis for political observers. First Brexit happened, then Trump was elected President, and both campaigns were overshadowed by a Russian army of fake news reporters. However,… continua

Stop calling Putin a Machiavellian!

Stop calling Putin a Machiavellian!

di Maximilian Kriz

Putin’s authoritarian leadership is often compared to Machiavelli’s ideal ruler in The Prince. This is absolutely justified – but can serve as a potent excuse to violate human rights. Rarely has a 500-year-old book such practical relevance in today’s global politics. When Niccolò Machiavelli published his treatise on ideal leadership, The Prince, in 1515, he could not have anticipated its… continua

Conscience in theory, pollution in practice

Conscience in theory, pollution in practice

di Maximilian Kriz

The peoples of the world are heading towards environmental (and social) disaster. Unless we price carbon appropriately, we can only blame ourselves. Newspapers like to refer to one metaphor over and over again: The UK would be tiptoeing on the edge of a cliff due to Brexit, about to be suffering a deep fall. Although this might be a lovely… continua

Pencil politics: The news in cartoons

Pencil politics: The news in cartoons

di Maximilian Kriz

Political cartoons capture entire debates within a single frame. What do they tell us about the key events of the past week? Are political cartoonists the better political correspondents? Their oeuvre might suggest so. Within a very confined space and with a limited amount of words, cartoonists capture the ironical essence of a political or social phenomenon – be it… continua

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