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„The marketing of liberal institutions is missing“

Sercan Çelebi is a consultant and a co-founder of Oy Ve Ötesi (Vote and Beyond) Foundation, which has since 2014 trained more than 170.000 volunteers around Turkey to monitor elections. He is an alumni of Yale University.


SLD: What is the situation like in Turkey these days? Hundreds of thousands of participants marched in the “March of Justice” to protest Mr Erdogan’s regime. Did this change anything in the slightest?

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Why Free Speech Failed in Charlottesville

by Timothy Lam

The US conception of free speech knows almost no boundaries. Charlottesville, argues Timothy Lam, shows how extreme forces misuse these liberties to silence others. And to change that, the US should learn from the German experience. 

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Why Brits should fear the ‘Norway Model’, and need it

Jakob Schram is a Norwegian student of International Relations. He is engaged in JEF Norway (Europeisk Ungdom), a youth NGO working to raise EU debates on the Norwegian agenda. Having previously studied at Oxford University, he is currently finishing a BA at the University of Oslo. 

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“Regionalism is not an expression of strong nationalism”

Robert Menasse is an Austrian author and public intellectual. His latest novel “Die Hauptstadt” was nominated for the German Book Price. 

Save Liberal Democracy: You’re a kind of “in-house intellectual” in Brussels, where the “House of European History” recently opened. What is European historicity?

Menasse: Before we start I have to refute the label “Brussel’s in-house intellectual”! An intellectual always defines him- or herself as a critical institution and the current state of the European Union definitely demands a lot of criticism, especially from those who support the European Idea.

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Learnings from Charlottesville

by Martin Eiermann

In the wake of the violent White Supremacist protests in Charlottesville, there has been much chatter about how Germany supposedly deals with Nazis, or how one should deal with Nazis. Here are a few thoughts.

First, in Germany we address history in a fairly unequivocal way. We have tried for a break with the past to a degree that has never happened in the US. You cannot go through high school without spending multiple semesters on the 3rd Reich.

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Rethinking democratic chess games

In this op-ed, Save Liberal Democracy editor Paul Ostwald discusses whether the ancient democratic system of sortition might provide an avenue to improve liberal democracies around the world. He recently graduated from Oxford University. 

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A TEDxTalk: How narratives of inclusiveness could save liberal democracy

Save Liberal Democracy founder Alexander Görlach delivered a TEDxTalk in Berlin, elaborating on how to save liberal democracy. His take is that the authoritarians of today use a simple and easy rhetoric to target minority groups such as Muslims or migrants. By doing so, they cater to the oldest and meanest trick in political ideology — “us versus them” labeling, with the result of “scapegoating” these minorties.

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“We’re suffering from the byproducts of competitive democracy”

James S. Fishkin is Professor for International Communication and Political Science at Stanford University. He is also director of Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy. Fishkin is a widely cited scholar on his work on deliberative democracy.

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The US and the UK are a mess for the same reason

Aboard the Mayflower ideas of exceptionalism crossed the Atlantic. Today, both the United States and England, still partly run on this flawed narrative. This helps explaining the crisis both countries face.

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