A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
On your marks.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron went head-to-head in the final debate before the second round of voting on May 7.
Michael Gove? Nope, don’t remember a Michael Gove.
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Politicians often mould historical fact to suit their needs, but the current PM would rather just forget the past altogether.
Asking people for their thoughts is inherently a generous act, as we are giving our time to hear them.
Politics and religion at the dinner table, over Christmas with all the relatives – what could possibly go wrong?
A supporter of the Pirate Party in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
Red shoes, blue soul?
The backlash against the singer's warm words for Theresa May are a reminder of a certain kind of intolerance.
Venezuelan demonstrators clash with the National Guard in October 2016 during a protest demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.
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In a time of hunger and violence, Venezuela's proposed peace talks are narrowly focused on power distribution. But where's the seat for the countries citizens?
Trumpisms at your fingertips.
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What can future politicians learn from the president-elect's social media presence while on the campaign trail?
Donald Trump’s campaign has been built upon controversial statements that have kept his name in the news.
The narrative Donald Trump has played during the campaign is that the elites who have abandoned him or disagree with him are all part of the establishment he seeks to destroy.
Politicians and their staffers are now highly attuned to the power of social media.
Social media is a key platform for public debate. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily good.
Trump speaks at the town-hall style debate.
Scholars from the Washington University in St. Louis react to the second presidential debate.
Did Clinton really win the first debate?
Most pundits called Hillary Clinton the winner the first debate against Donald Trump. The snap polls say otherwise. An expert on emotional intelligence explains what the pundits missed.
South Africa needs to build a mental infrastructure that will allow people to individually and collectively engage in a bold, courageous and trutfhul dialogue.
Angry with the system.
A shocking incident has raised concerns about the tone of political debate in the UK and especially the role of the internet.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten after the leaders’ debate.
Why has the political debate become such an uninspiring event today? It's difficult to find someone political who wants to genuinely argue for their position.
It may be accepted wisdom that Australians are disengaged from politics, but there are plenty of other indicators to suggest otherwise.
We may believe that Australians are disengaged from the political process, but that may be because we're not looking in the right places.
Students protest at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University demanding the right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans, which they identify with apartheid.
The university should be the bastion of the right to free expression in the promotion of democracy, and has a moral and ethical obligation to provide spaces for fierce debate and critical engagement.
The online social networks that social media facilitate can act as powerful distribution channels for political messages.
We need political and civil society leaders to reflect on the language that they use, and to strive to shape a civic narrative with which we can all engage.
Bennett has been invited, but Cameron still stands accused of ‘running scared’.
The debate over the debates rages on, and the broadcasters' decision to widen the field could have unexpected consequences.
There is no better example of the debasement of Australian political discourse and process than that which has surrounded action on climate change.
We live in an age of unprecedented prosperity, in which the major influences have been secularism, materialism, utilitarianism, urbanisation, remoteness from nature, institutional failure (especially in…