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Alexander Görlach

Alexander Goerlach is an academic, essayist and entrepreneur. He served in the academic years 2014-2017 as visiting scholar and J.F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. He researched at both, Harvard Divinity School and Center for European Studies, in the field of politics and religion. Alex holds PhDs in linguistics and in comparative religion. Today he is an affiliate at Harvard's Government Department, where he works on a project on the concept of Abendland (Occident). Alex is further a senior fellow to the Carnegie Center for Ethics in International Affairs, a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute, and an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. In Germany he is best known as the founder and editor-in-chief of the debate-magazine The European and as a columnist to Wirtschaftswoche, the countries largest business outlet. Alex now hosts the blog-magazine saveliberaldemocracy.com, where he gathers voices that wish to reinvigorate the discourse about Enlightenment and defend the values of liberal democracy.

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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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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“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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“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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“Nations are political constructs”

Colin Crouch a few years ago shocked the public with the analysis in his book “Post-Democracy”, claiming that our political order is in heavy decay. Nowadays he may think, due to Brexit and the Trump election, his prediction has in fact come true and even faster than expected. We were talking with the man who may have new predictions for the UK election and the exit from Brexit.

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“Trump forgets that Mexico is the door to South America”

Homero Aridjis is a Mexican poet, journalist and diplomat. Besides critically acclaimed (and frankly beautiful) poetry, he is known for his thought-through and independent views. Aridjis has previously been the Mexican ambassador to the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UNESCO.

SLD: What has the US-Mexican relationship been like over the last sixty years?

Aridjis: Well, if you look at societal, economic or political relationships, it seems as if the US always has been a bully in this relationship. It started in 1845, when Mexico lost half its country to the US. In that war, the US gained some previously Mexican states, for example what now is Arizona or New Mexico. Ever since then, you have had Mexican people live in the US, they were foreigners on their own soil. They were discriminated against, both racially and socially.

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“People may turn to religious leaning leaders in times of insecurity”

Gorski

Philip Gorski is an American Sociologist in the areas of religious and historical Sociology. He is the  Co-Director of Yale’s Center for Comparative Research (CCR), and co-runs the Religion and Politics Colloquium at the Yale MacMillan Center. He sat down with Alexander Görlach to talk about the role of religion in the public sphere.

SLD:Politics and religion are back on stage. Why is it that a res publica like the United States of America or European countries such as Austria, Poland or England never cease invoking religious rhetoric and inventory?

Gorski: Religious and national identities tend to be very entangled with each other. In some instances, this is quite explicit. Many Americans consider the US a “Christian nation.” Many Poles consider their country a “Catholic nation.”

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