Author: tompepinsky

On American Exceptionalism and its Colonial Past

This past weekend I participated in a fascinating conference entitled A Republic, if We Can Keep It, sponsored by Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality and New America. Participants included academics, journalists, analysts, and others, all brought together to debate the state of American democracy—with particular emphasis on understanding American democracy in comparative perspective. […]

Malaysia’s Anti-Fake News Bill

Malaysia’s parliament has tabled an “Anti-Fake News Bill,” (Rang Undang-Undang Anti Berita Tidak Benar) which seeks to safeguard the public against the proliferation of fake news whilst ensuring the right to freedom of speech and expression under the Federal Constitution is respected. It has already earned wide criticism, not just for its policing of speech […]