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MWP Occasional lecture with Prof Shmuel Nili (Northwestern University) - “All the demagogue’s men,” or: how a liberal democracy disintegrates

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  • Tue 08 Jan 2019 17.00 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2019-01-08 17:00 2019-01-08 18:30 Europe/Paris MWP Occasional lecture with Prof Shmuel Nili (Northwestern University) - “All the demagogue’s men,” or: how a liberal democracy disintegrates

Jointly with the Legal and Political Philosophy Working Group.

In previous work, Prof. Nili has argued that a liberal democracy can have its own morally important integrity, paralleling the integrity of an individual person. In this paper, he discusses the relationship between a liberal democracy’s collective integrity and the individual integrity of elected leaders of a particular sort. These leaders, whom he labels “media demagogues,” are distinguished by their combination of dangerous populism, systematic lies and manipulation, and an overwhelming reliance on media activity as a substitute for substantive government work. Using Donald Trump, Silivio Berlusconi, and Binyamin Netanyahu as his running examples, Prof. Nili begins by arguing that the language of integrity – and the charge of lacking even minimal integrity - is extremely well-suited to characterizing, and condemning, media demagogues. Prof. Nili then lays out multiple, media-driven connections, between media demagogues’ glaring failures of personal integrity, and the predictable threats they pose to the liberal polity’s integrity. Having a clear picture of these integrity connections is important in and of itself, as a way of obtaining a holistic understanding of the kinds of moral dangers brought about by the “mediatization” of politics. But these links are also important as a way of understanding the moral stakes involved in the decisions of those who are considering whether to serve or ally with media demagogues.

Prof. Richard Bellamy (MWP Director) will introduce the Lecture.

Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

Jointly with the Legal and Political Philosophy Working Group.

In previous work, Prof. Nili has argued that a liberal democracy can have its own morally important integrity, paralleling the integrity of an individual person. In this paper, he discusses the relationship between a liberal democracy’s collective integrity and the individual integrity of elected leaders of a particular sort. These leaders, whom he labels “media demagogues,” are distinguished by their combination of dangerous populism, systematic lies and manipulation, and an overwhelming reliance on media activity as a substitute for substantive government work. Using Donald Trump, Silivio Berlusconi, and Binyamin Netanyahu as his running examples, Prof. Nili begins by arguing that the language of integrity – and the charge of lacking even minimal integrity - is extremely well-suited to characterizing, and condemning, media demagogues. Prof. Nili then lays out multiple, media-driven connections, between media demagogues’ glaring failures of personal integrity, and the predictable threats they pose to the liberal polity’s integrity. Having a clear picture of these integrity connections is important in and of itself, as a way of obtaining a holistic understanding of the kinds of moral dangers brought about by the “mediatization” of politics. But these links are also important as a way of understanding the moral stakes involved in the decisions of those who are considering whether to serve or ally with media demagogues.

Prof. Richard Bellamy (MWP Director) will introduce the Lecture.


Location:
Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Francesca Grassini (EUI - Max Weber Programme) - Send a mail

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