The September–October, 2016 issue of Krytyka opens with an article on “Post-Soviet Parliamentary Drama: a View from the Rafters” by Mykhaylo Minakov, essayist, Doctor of Philosophy, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Chairman of the Kant Society of Ukraine. Minakov argues that the future of democracy in post-Soviet space is fully dependent on successful reforms in Ukraine and in similar countries; and the key player in making reforms successful and creating a stable climate for democracy is parliament. The article first appeared on the site openDemocracy.net; Krytyka’s Ukrainian translation is an extended version.
“The Vaccination Crisis in Ukraine: Origins and Consequences” by Mariya Bachmaha is the second article about healthcare in Ukraine, that Krytyka is publishing as part of Brown University Ukraine Collaboration, a global health initiative. Mariya Bachmaha is a graduate student in Public Health at Brown University (USA). She analyzes the origins and consequences of dramatically low levels of immunization in Ukraine and argues that it further distances the country from Europe.
Two essays are devoted to the recent USA Presidential elections, which ended with the disturbing victory of Donald Trump. In “Elections in the US: Vae Victis,” media analists Halyna Herasym and Pavlo Shapoval discuss the US electoral system, analyze the mistakes of the Clinton campaign, and try to predict the rule of the 45th US President. They focus primarily on social polarization, the homophobic, xenophobic and sexist statements of the newly elected president and of his supporters.
In “US Elections in Ukraine—Russian Style,” Oleksandr Vynohradov, chief editor of news agency Big Kyiv, analyzes the coverage of the US election by Ukrainian and Russian media. He points to the Ukrainian media’s dependence on the Russian media—despite the military conflict between the two states— and compares the US elections with the 2010 presidential campaign in Ukraine.
Dmytro Shevchuk, Doctor of Philosophy, Dean of the Humanities Department at The National University of Ostroh Academy, explores the historical background of the current surge of political populism in his article “Toward a Critique of Populist Reason.” Нe points to the populist threat to democratic societies, including aggravation of social tensions, parasitism on the fears and emotions of the population, and shifting attention from the important to the secondary.
The last two articles deal respectively with literature and art. In “Viktor Domontovych’s Kyivan Prose: A Commentary,” Inna Bulkina, philologist and literary critic, PhD University of Tartu, reviews and comments on the texts of Viktor Petrov (V. Domontovych), one of the most mysterious Ukrainian writers of the twentieth century. In “Topics and Places Ready for Silence: Here and Now,” art critic Zofia Bluszcz reports on a personal exhibition of Nikita Kadan’s graphics. The Bones Mixed Together exhibition, presented in August 2016 at the Galeria Arsenał in Białystok, focuses on the victims of mass Nazi and Stalinist murders, of the ethnic cleansing of Poles by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and of Home Army revenge attacks on Ukrainians, of the 1941 pogrom of Jews in Lviv, and of other Nazi crimes in Lviv.