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Democratic Procedures Are Not Inherently Democratic

A Critical Analysis of John Keane's The New Despotism (Harvard University Press, 2020)

Gergana Dimova

, dissenting. They may take it to the next level and seek to overthrow the regime. This feasible perspective of democratic procedures benefiting the demos, and not the elites, is what despotisms fear the most. Their fears are justified. Mikhail Gorbachev

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For Us, By Us

Towards a More Just Philosophical Community

Bryan Mukandi

; that taking us seriously will enrich it. Why do this to ourselves? ‘Whiteness is an unassailable fortress,’ warns Houria Bouteldja (2016: 42) , one which holds its occupants captive to fear. Fear is undefinable. It's the malaise of whiteness. The

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Jafta Masemola's Master Key

Experimental Notes on Azanian Aesthetic Theory

Athi Mongezeleli Joja

Africanist Congress (PAC) decided to rename South Africa to Azania in their covertly organised conference in 1964 ( 1972: 107 ): The settler troops were mobilized when news of the new name leaked out for it was feared that the renaming of the country was

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Anjuli Webster

( Machiavelli and Wootton 1995 ). The foundational violence of conquest must be sutured over and tucked away; the conqueror acquiring authority, if not through love or fear, by the construction of a ‘fictional memory’ which dispenses with the need for legitimate

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Struggles over Expertise

Practices of Politicization and Depoliticization in Participatory Democracy

Taina Meriluoto

idea with a colleague from our local branch, they acclaimed in slight horror: “But [if we were to listen to everyone] then there's no telling what kind of ideas they might have!” The quote summarizes several fears that my colleagues held: they had

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Joel Modiri

minimisation of race in ‘South Africa’ also has a powerful psycho-affective dimension underpinned, on the one hand, by guilt, anxiety, fear, melancholia, and fragility (primarily about the unsettling effect of radical race critique on the presence and power of

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Pluralist Democracy and Non-Ideal Democratic Legitimacy

Against Functional and Global Solutions to the Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory

Tom Theuns

, which, given the centrality of accountability to democracy, undermines the possibility of democratic government. One classic, liberal, response to a global state stems from the fear that centralizing all political power in one institution would lead to

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American Extraterritorial Legislation

The Data Gathering behind the Sanctions

Ali Laïdi

to be using it ( Kaval 2020 ). In fact, no one dares to buy Iranian oil for fear of triggering the wrath of the US. Worse, in January 2020, the Europeans were forced to give in to the blackmail of President Trump, who asked them to choose between

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Interpretation and Rationality

Developing Donald Davidson's Ideas in International Political Theory

Nikolay Gudalov

disrespects pluralism, imposing the interpreter's rationality on the interpreted ( Habermas 2008 ), and enforcing cultural uniformity ( Lukes 2000 ). Dreyfus and Taylor (2015) fear Davidson's ‘ethnocentrism’ and treating others as mere ‘objects’ of

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Takamichi Sakurai

, fascism looks slightly different. It means a one-dimensional political form taking on authoritarian character features that emerges from socio-psychological conditions under which the masses with a strong sense of fear and isolation, whose raison d