Post-truth Politics, Performatives and the Force

Politics, Performatives and the Force A ‘post-truth society’ has been defined as one in which“objective facts” are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.1 The loaded term ‘post-truth’ is used to describe a broad stream of events and attitudes frequently perceived as a threat, particularly to science and politics. For example, the distrust of science found in a post-truth society is often seen as degenerative and destructive of democracy.2 Although it is almost a ritual to refer to the fact that the term was the Oxford English Dictionaries word of the year in 2016,3 the elaborate characterization differs...

Constituționalism populist: o contradicție de noțiuni?

Constituționalism populist: o contradicție de noțiuni? Populismul s-a dovedit a fi un concept extrem de dificil de definit.  În pofida unei mari divergențe între diferite încercări de a capta acest fenomen politic, este remarcabil faptul că mai mulți observatori sunt de acord în privința unui aspect: și anume, orice nu ar fi, populismul este în mod inerent ostil față de mecanismele și în cele din urmă, față de valorile care de obicei sunt asociate cu constituționalismul: constrângerea voinței majorității, sistemul de balanțe și contrabalanțe, protecția minorităților sau, în aceeași ordine de idei, a drepturilor fundamentale ca atare (o excepție remarcabilă...

Democracy as opposed to what?

Democracy as opposed to what? There, it’s been said: democracy is to blame. In an op-ed in the Süddeutsche Zeitung this week, the novelist Thomas Brussig has voiced what many are probably thinking, namely that an entire form of government is failing on an epic scale right now in these pandemic times. “Mehr Diktatur wagen” (dare more dictatorship) is the title of Brussig’s article, an allusion to Willy Brandt’s famous 60s quote “Mehr Demokratie wagen“. According to Brussig, democracies are proving incapable of getting a grip on the pandemic, which is why we should, in his opinion, “throw overboard convictions that prevent us...