Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
The inauguration of the new president is so fraught because America sees itself as exceptional.
The rise of bullshit, from George Orwell to Donald Trump.
The key difference between the liar and the bullshit artist is that the liar has at least some regard for the truth.
Alongside the icons we lost in 2016, we're mourning for a world that felt like it was changing for the better.
Getting locked out on the coldest night of the year lead Laurie Penny to an unexpected encounter with two Brexiteers.
The wife of the bully-in-chief speaking out against online harassment could be seen as a desperate, veiled cry for help.
The German chancellor's plan for a partial ban of the full-face veil is a clearly political move, which will do more to harm those women who wear it than protect them.
This is no time to back away from our commitment to women’s rights, racial justice and sexual equality.
Perhaps there are more important stories about the new president-elect. But how will you hear them if we don’t defend the right to dissent?
If the elites have been vanquished, they don't seem to have caught on just yet.
Whether it's tweeting about his enemies, or using his children as advisers, Donald J Trump is not a conventional president. We need a strong media to hold the new US president - and other world leaders - to account.
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