Democracy field notes

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The Death of President Trump

We live in darkening times, so it’s time for some dark humour. Inspired by the antics of a Big Man with a Big Mouth, think just for a moment about the important subject of how democracies treat their elected…
A festive decoration hangs from the truck that ploughed into the Christmas market in Berlin. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Why violence in Berlin is dangerous for democracy

Attacks like the one in Berlin harm democracy because they spread fear and self-censorship among citizens.
Graffiti on a wall in Sana'a, Yemen, denounces US drone strikes that have killed scores of civilians. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

War and democracy in the age of Trump

The ancient Greek historian Herodotus once observed that Persian rulers indulged the habit of getting drunk when making important decisions. When sober and sensible next morning, their custom was to reconsider…

A New Politics of Time

There’s a widespread belief that actually existing democracies are in the grip of a fast-paced world dominated by breaking news and all things instant. The following contribution sets out to question this…
Julian Assange in October this year, celebrating 10 years of Wikileaks from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. AAP/Maurizio Gambarini

Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange and the US election

Martin McKenzie-Murray's recent take-down of Julian Assange and Wikileaks misses the mark in many ways.

A New Democratic Enlightenment?

This is the slightly rewritten text of my address to the opening plenary session, ‘New Enlightenment Neue Aufklärung’, at the European Forum Alpbach, Alpbach, Austria, 28 August 2016. Ladies and Gentlemen…

Capitalism and Democracy [part 4]

Earlier parts of this series on capitalism and democracy raised questions about the tense and often contradictory relationship between capitalist markets and the egalitarian spirit and power-humbling institutions…

Capitalism and Democracy [part 3]

Part two of this series on capitalism and democracy introduced the unusual idea of ‘democracy failure’. Instead of seeing democracy as the hapless victim of capitalist markets, as Marxists and others have…

Capitalism and Democracy [part 2]

Part one of this series on capitalism and democracy probed the famous remark of the American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen that there are historical moments when ‘democratic sovereignty’ is…