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Peter Standbrink

This article investigates civic-political and cognitive participation as they play out in democratic theory. Its core purpose is to develop a conceptual-normative critique of the presupposition in liberal democratic theory that these logics are mutually reinforcing and complementary. This misunderstanding of a theoretical ambivalence contributes to inhibiting constructive assessment of epistocratic*technocratic frameworks of democratic interpretation and theory. I demonstrate that these logics circulate contrasting views of democratic power and legitimacy and should be disentangled to make sense of liberal democratic theoretical and political spaces. This critique is then fed into a political-epistemological interrogation of post-truth and alt-facts rhetorical registers in contemporary liberal democratic life, concluding that neither logic of participation can harbor this unanticipated and fundamentally nonaligned way of doing liberal democratic democracy.

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Jablonka’s History

Literature and the Search for Truth

Sarah Fishman

Post-Truth Era” grapples with the critical set of issues raised by the election of Trump. While only one of many such articles to have appeared after the election, Kirsch’s article is of particular interest because he, like Jablonka, focuses on

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Jean-Paul Gagnon and Mark Chou

This issue begins with Peter Strandbrink’s argument that “standard liberal democratic theory should be pressed significantly harder to recognize the lexical and conceptual fact that civic political and cognitive participation in mass liberal democracies belong to different theoretical species.” It is by conflating both of these theoretical species, which Strandbrink sees as the dominant tendency in contemporary democratic theory, that we inhibit our ability to critically evaluate “epistocratic theoretical registers.” Further unsettling is Stranbrink’s view that, once separated from each other, neither the theories of civic political or cognitive participation offer much help in dealing with the rise of “alt-facts” or “post-truth” in liberal democratic societies today.

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Interview

Propaganda’s Role in Liberal Democratic Societies

Jason Stanley and John B. Min

Stanley and Min discuss how propaganda works in liberal democratic societies. Stanley observes that the inability to address the crisis of liberal democracies can be partially explained by contemporary political philosophy’s penchant for idealized theorizing about norms of justice over transitions from injustice to justice. Whereas ancient and modern political philosophers took seriously propaganda and demagoguery of the elites and populists, contemporary political philosophers have tended to theorize about the idealized structures of justice. This leads to a lack of theoretical constructs and explanatory tools by which we can theorize about real-life political problems, such as mass incarceration. Starting with this premise, Stanley provides an explanation of how propaganda works and the mechanisms that enable propaganda. Stanley further theorizes the pernicious effects that elitism, populism, authoritarianism, and “post-truth” have on democratic politics.

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Marla Frederick, Yunus Doğan Telliel, and Heather Mellquist Lehto

academically trained in hermeneutics, idealism, and Qur'anic sciences in Turkey and Germany, and has written extensively on the necessity and urgency of renewing Islamic civilization. In a recent commentary titled “The Coronavirus and the End of Post-truth

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COVID and the Era of Emergencies

What Type of Freedom is at Stake?

Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar

affect, and through the targeted efforts of corporate interests to undermine science, much of the world finds itself in a post-truth moment ( McIntyre 2018 ). Under such conditions, a political response to the totalitarian dangers of emergency that

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Gianni Barchiesi, Laura T. Di Summa, Joseph G. Kickasola, and Peter Verstraten

interpretive ambiguities. Examining realism in documentary is also a matter of examining the “truth” of documentary. In one of the most original essays in the volume, “The Duties of Documentary in a Post-Truth Society” (93–111), Dirk Eitzen examines

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Editorial

Brexit, Sustainability, Economics, Companies’ Responsibilities, and Current Representations

being defined by its neoliberal and proto-nationalist cleavages: by divisions of openness against closure, economic competition against division and exclusion, and technocratic economism against “post-truth” ideologies in which anything goes. Corbett

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Archival Resistance

Reading the New Right

Annika Orich

contemporary Germany is a “dictatorship,” 103 these events must indeed be happening. The juxtaposition of these comments with the Triads of St. Paul thus expose how Pegida supporters’ worldview is molded by post-truth conditions. 104 This climate nurtures

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Francisco Martínez, Eva-Maria Walther, Anita Agostini, José Muñoz-Albaladejo, Máiréad Nic Craith, Agata Rejowska, and Tobias Köllner

of satire. This contribution is particularly timely in an era of post-truth dominated by politicians such as Trump, Farage and Johnson. The final contribution is a collaborative venture between Anthony Stavrianakis, Paul Rabinow and Trine Korsby