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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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Democracy according to Trump

Daniel Innerarity is a returning face to Save Liberal Democracy – he is Professor of Political Philosophy, Ikerbasque Researcher at the University of the Basque Country and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. Continue reading “Democracy according to Trump”

“The West is nervous”

Dr. Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. In his recent book “Silk Roads. A New History of the World” he argues against a Western-centric worldview.

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The Unfair Assessment on the Failure of Muslim Integration in Western Europe

AJ Naddaff is an Arab Studies and Political-Science major, a French Assistant Teacher and a Research Assistant for the Arab Studies Department at Davidson College. This summer he will be conducting a project documenting the intersection of Syrian exile art, the lives of the artists, and their intellectual response to crisis of varying kinds throughout Europe. Follow his website here: ajnaddaff.com

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“We fight over narratives that determine who we are”

Ten years ago Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor wrote his master piece “A Secular Age”. Since then a lot has changed and it seems that not only is religion back as a spiritual, quiet force but also as a determing, clamant factor in global politics. Religous and quasi-religious narratives alike shape the identity of the people, such as the painting by Delacroix in the picture above has shaped the French narrative. We sat down with Professor Taylor to discuss the state of world affairs.

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