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Babies and Boomers

Intergenerational Democracy and the Political Epidemiology of COVID-19

Toby Rollo

. In modern mass politics involving millions of people, it is rarely the case that a purely non-political health-based decision is made. It is even rarer that a decision with no political trade-offs is even possible. Indeed, public health policies

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Robyn Eckersley and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Modern environmentalism, whose genesis tracks mainly from the 1960s and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), has forced the anthropocentric emphasis of democracy to account. Nonhuman actors like trees, ecological systems, and the climate have increasingly become anthropomorphized by humans representing these actors in politics. Aside from challenges to the anthropocentric concepts of citizenship, political representation, agency, and boundaries in democratic theory, environmentalism has warned of apocalyptic crises. This drives a different kind of challenge to mainly liberal democracies. Scientists and activists are becoming increasingly fed up with the seeming incompetence, slowness, and idiocy of politicians, interest groups, and electors. Eyes start to wander to that clean, well-kempt, and fast-acting gentleman called authoritarianism. The perfect shallowness of his appearance mesmerizes like a medusa those that would usually avoid him. Serfdom increasingly looks like a palpable trade-off to keep the “green” apocalypses at bay. Democracy’s only answer to this challenge is to evolve into a cleverer version of itself.

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China’s New Silk Road

Autocracy Promotion in the New Asian Order?

Octavia Bryant and Mark Chou

route during the Tang Dynasty, symbolizes the first step towards the realization of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s ambitious New Silk Road initiative. The Silk Road, which was an ancient network of trading routes that existed from around 114 BC to the

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Leif Lewin

citizenship. It aims to democratize existing decision-making units rather than create a wholly new global decision-making unit. Taking affectedness into account can also help explain the policies that nations pursue. In spite of the fact that free trade is a

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Jean-Paul Gagnon and George Vasilev

requirement of being treated as free and equal ( Tully 2002) . About This Issue We opened this editorial with our own take on the opportunities that lie in the crisis of democracy because the articles and interview in this issue trade in the topic. Nadia

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Milja Kurki

that the “liberal order,” or, at least, the neoliberal order with its agenda of austerity are, in part, to blame for the current predicament. On the one hand, it seems that the globalized system of trade underpinning the liberal order enabled not only

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David Owen

regulated borders. Rather it was a product of global travel and trade, and unless we are willing to embrace quite radical forms of national autarky, we have little reason to think that actually having open borders would make a significant difference to our

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Samuel Moyn and Jean-Paul Gagnon

commensurability (e.g. on matters of culture, language, and logic) has been with, at least, Eurasia and Africa (probably Australia, too) for millennia as people traveled, translated, loved, warred, and traded over this time and in those spaces. But what's the

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Monique Deveaux

over the years (and some new powers as well). This resulted from a series of political trade-offs involving, at different stages, the African National Congress (ANC), the National Party, the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP

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Tolerating the Conditionally Tolerant

The Uneasy Case of Salvation Religions

William A. Edmundson

hegemony by force of arms or the coercion of trade policy ( LP 84-85, 92). What they must do is to set an example. Rawls, quoting Hegel, suggests that when we look at the world rationally, it looks rationally back ( JF 3). But, one can't help thinking, if