This book tackles questions related to democracy, populism and truth, with results that are sure to inform pressing academic and popular debates. It is common to describe many of today's most energizing politicians and political movements as populist. Some are progressive advocates of greater economic democracy or individual rights, while others are recognizably authoritarian and anti-democratic, even while claiming to defend democracy. What all populist leaders share in common is a rhetorical approach: their ability to articulate, or at least profess to channel, the wishes of 'the people', a group that populist leaders claim a unique ability to understand and govern, especially with regard to their dissatisfaction with ruling elites. They decry corruption (although not necessarily with any sincerity), and they sometimes identify more mainstream politicians and bureaucrats as 'enemies of the people.' The rise of populist politics raises pressing questions about the nature of populism, but also about relationships between populism and democratic institutions. For example, is populism ever a democratic tendency, or does its invocation of a monolithic demos ('the people') signify a fundamentally anti-democratic worldview? Populist political rhetoric also raises concerns about the relationship between truth, democracy, and journalistic integrity. While the history of anti-democratic advocacy (famously illustrated by Plato) has often highlighted the tendency of a democratic style of politics to prioritize popularity over truth, the development of social media-and evolving norms of journalistic communication and public political discourse-raise these misgivings in new forms.
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- Introduction: Conceptualizing Populism, Democracy, and Truth Part I Conceptions of Populism Two Concepts of Populism Corruption, Populism, and Sloth Democracy and Populism Part II Truth and Democratic Discourse Democracy, Truth, and Understanding: An Epistemic Argument for Democracy Free Speech, Universities, and the Development of Civic Discourse Harm, "No-Platforming" and the Mission of the University: A Reply to McGregor Journalistic Balance, Unintended Pyrrhonism, and Political Polarization Part III Social Media, Truth, and Justice Reflections on the Root Causes of Outrage Discourse on Social Media Identifying Political Participants on Social Media: Conflicts of Epistemic Justice Part IV Voting and Democracy As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation? Ranked Choice Voting and STV as Antidotes to Tribal Populism Voting without Voice: How Votes Can Be Counted Without Counting [or Democracy and the Wasted Vote Problem Part V American Democracy and Populism #ConstitutionalStability Populism, American Nationalism and Representative Democracy An Antidote to Populism The Lethal Synergy Corroding American Democracy: Who Are the "GINs" - And Why Is It that They Can't "Quit Trump"? Part VI Populism and International Justice African Challenges to the International Criminal Court: An Example of Populism? Something's Afoot: Conservative Populist Oppositionalism.
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