Flooded makeshift latrines contaminating water in refugee camp in Bihar, India © Balazs Gardi | Flickr
EssaysLiberal Democracy in QuestionTheory & Practice

Ecology, Security, and the Death of Liberal Democracy

In a recent episode of the FX series Fargo, Minnesota Sheriff Lou Solverson answers a key witness’s refusal to accept police protection from a local crime syndicate by recounting his experience in Vietnam: “There’s a look a boy gets when he’s been shot, or a landmine takes off his legs, …

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Trafalgar Square We Are Paris, November 16, 2015 © Declan Andrews | Flickr
EssaysLiberal Democracy in Question

The Specter of Fear

Europe after the Paris attacks

A specter is haunting Europe after the Paris attacks of Friday, the 13th of November. We feel this specter of fear as we hypnotically click onto news sites for updates, analysis and pictures of the latest terror attacks. There is an awful sense that we have been here before — the patterns are all too familiar. The declaration by President …

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The Washington Square Park Arch and World Trade Center lit in the colors of the French flag © Ajay Suresh| Flickr
EssaysLiberal Democracy in QuestionPower and CrisisTheory & Practice

Moral Sentiment and Moral Judgment after the Paris Attacks

On the problem of selective solidarity

Ever since the dust began to clear after what President Hollande rightfully called “the horror” of Friday night, my media consumption — yes, especially my Facebook feed (constantly refreshed with reflections from Public Seminar) …

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A 2015 demonstration in Washington, DC against the still-operating Guantanamo Bay facility © Stephen Melkisethian | Flickr
EssaysLiberal Democracy in Question

Let’s Change the Future

On reclaiming our humanity in times of fear

I have a strange feeling, like I’ve been here before.

Everything looks familiar. The highly coordinated Islamist attack on a “Western” nation; the bloodthirsty demand for revenge; the calls to war abroad and the suspension of liberties at home; the simplification of the world into …

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World map, 1570 © Abraham Ortelius | Wikimedia Commons
EssaysPower and CrisisTheory & Practice

For the Last Time: “The West”

Revisiting the myth of the clash of civilizations

As information about the attacks in Paris, which left at least 128 people dead, gradually unfolds, I feel overwhelmed and disturbed. I am overwhelmed by the quantity of affective response to which I add my own grief, but I am also deeply disturbed by the way in which this affective reaction is channeled …

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