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January 15, 2024

🎭 Making identity politics less personal

Alfred Moore Liberal democracies protect our freedom to express our identities. But Alfred Moore argues that the rigidity and entrenchment of ‘identity wars’ reminds us of another vital aspect of democracy: the freedom from expressing our identity. Creating distance from the self can promote fluidity and dynamism, and help to overcome polarisation Read more
November 30, 2023

🎭 Singlehood: towards a more inclusive and autonomous politics

Zheng Guo Single people are seldom recognised as a political force in intersectional struggles. Zheng Guo argues that, around the world, single people are a rising body who face widespread discrimination. Supporting single people's political struggles offers lessons in resistance and the intersectional pursuit of democracy Read more
August 31, 2023

🦋 Mnemonic democracy: the role of memory in politics

Jenny Wüstenberg Memory is crucial for democracy, but not only because it can teach citizens important norms like tolerance and inclusion. Mnemonic democracy would also mean taking into account whether the views of the majority are represented and public memory is underpinned by legitimate state power, Jenny Wüstenberg writes Read more
August 3, 2023

🦋 Herman Melville’s ruthless democracy

Jennifer Greiman Herman Melville’s 'ruthless democracy' is a creative performance, argues Jennifer Greiman, which guides Melville’s experimental prose and poetry. This sought to reimagine democratic relations, possibilities, and ways of being as matters for aesthetic thought and work – with strong implications for political theory Read more
July 5, 2023

🦋 Between Luther and Montesquieu: the Church of Norway's democracy

Helge K. Nylenna Democracy as a basic structure in organisational life is a given in most Western NGOs. However, church doctrine challenges the Montesquieuan principle that the body of the people possess the supreme power. Still, with reference to the Norwegian case, Helge Nylenna argues that, like other NGOs, churches can be democratic Read more
June 26, 2023

🦋 Democratising militant democracy?

Patrick Nitzschner In crisis. Regressing. Dying. Such unsettling assessments of democracy’s current state have sparked renewed interest in militant democracy – the justifiable repression of anti-democrats. Given the idea’s troubled history, Patrick Nitzscner welcomes attempts to place militant interventions on a securely democratic footing, but remains sceptical of their likely success Read more
June 14, 2023

🦋 Weight stigma, citizenship and neoliberal democracy

Kathryn Hicks Kathryn Hicks and Sharon Stanley argue that the contemporary moral panic around obesity emerges from and exacerbates neoliberal tendencies that diminish democratic institutions and imaginaries. Given historical associations between race, gender and fatness, the ostensibly neutral language of health deepens existing lines of democratic exclusion Read more
June 8, 2023

🦋 Democracy’s ‘total texture’ requires mapping its enclosure and opening

Nick Vlahos Nick Vlahos argues that to fully animate the data mountain that Jean-Paul Gagnon has amassed about the plurality and interrelation of democratic adjectives and forms, we must capture the way in which these variegated types of democracy enclose and open how the public can collectively govern Read more

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