Author Archives: Will Collins

As Went the British, So Will Go America’s Empire

From far-flung foreign obsessions to failing industry, the parallels are striking.

The Revival of European Identity Politics

It isn’t just nationalism—subnational groups are reasserting themselves, posing a challenge to the clumsy EU.

Teaching in an Era of Meritocracy

We need an educational system that allows a multitude of students to thrive, including through vocational training.

Brutal Truths

Socialism may have birthed brutalism. But capitalism has given us barren strip malls, cookie-cutter exurbs, and Rem Koolhaas’s “generic city.”

In Trump-Orbán Summit, Populism’s Critics Have a Chance to Grow Up

Instead of howling about fascism, why not acknowledge the Hungary PM’s points while criticizing his excesses?

Long Live the Debate Club Nerds

We need more long-form argument, not less, and maybe high schoolers can point the way.

Generation Airbnb is Ruining the Foreign Travel Experience

Remote bookings, generic coffee shops, carefully vetted spaces and interactions—why leave home at all?

The Myth of a Christian Revival in Eastern Europe

Nations like Hungary are supposedly embracing Christianity as an alternative to liberalism. The reality is something very different.

The Movie That Predicted France’s Upheaval

From seething suburbs and police brutality to more recent riots, 1995’s ‘La Haine’ shows a culture unraveling.

Bloody, Cosmopolitan Sarajevo

The city where World War I began has reinvented itself as a multicultural haven, yet the ghosts still linger.

Crying ‘Fascist’ in Eastern Europe

Those who see the specter of authoritarianism in Poland and Hungary are making a huge mistake.

Viktor Orbán Isn’t the Illiberal Revolutionary You Think He Is

But even those who sympathize with him should keep their eyes open.

The Subtle Return of German Hegemony

It’s inevitable and it won’t be like previous eras. In fact, America may have reason to welcome a more powerful Berlin.

‘Orbán or Turbans’: Hungary’s Wild Election

As Westerners griped, Hungarians rallied to defend what they saw as their national sovereignty under attack.

Hungary’s Acela Corridor

What the contrast between Budapest and the rest tells us about our own cultural divide.

What If Rousseau Was Right?

New book argues man’s ‘progression’ into agriculture and civilization was really a mistake.