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Of dreams and warnings: from Agamben to Žižek and beyond

When the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben first intervened in the public debate surrounding the looming COVID-19 pandemic in late February, his very brief comments prompted an explosion of criticism. Relying on the information that was made public by Italy’s National … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Politics

In this essay, Franz L. Neumann discusses the role of anxiety in politics. The article asks: How does it happen that the masses sell their souls to leaders and follow them blindly? On what does the power of attraction of leaders over masses … Continue reading

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The Education Deficit and the New Authoritarianism

The American public is suffering from an education deficit. By this I mean it exhibits a growing inability to think critically, question authority, be reflective, weigh evidence, discriminate between reasoned arguments and opinions, listen across differences and engage the mutually … Continue reading

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