Re: Question of the Month: November

Another interesting discussion with many potential aspects. Could I suggest that most political ideologies have potentially authoritarian traits when attempting to apply the idea to political practice. In most cases as Weber pointed out the state has a monopoly of violence and when challenged will use authoritarian means to secure its authority. Even liberalism is not excluded from this behaviour in practice if not in theory, unlike fascism, communism or most types of populism.

Re: Question of the Month: November

Dear All, 

I.W.R. Miller's question about innate magnetic attraction is a good one. We might flesh the question out by asking whether its is the case that nationalism and authoritarianism have an innate magnetic attraction to each other, or whether they both have magnetic attractions to something in common. Put another way, do nationalism and authoritarianism have some of the same drivers--such as economic inequality or social media (pick your theorist of nationalism). 

CFP: Eighty Years of “The Lion and the Unicorn”: Society and Identity in Great Britain since World War II

Date: June 11, 2021 to June 12, 2021

Organizers: Dr. Nikolai Wehrs, University of Konstanz; Dr. Almuth Ebke, University of Mannheim; Dr. Daniel Larsen, University of Cambridge

Location: Konstanz, Germany

Deadline for proposals: 01/15/2021


Taking the 80th anniversary of the first publication of George Orwell’s “The Lion and the Unicorn” as a starting point, this workshop will examine discourses of identity and belonging in the United Kingdom since the Second World War.

Re: Question of the Month: November

I'm very much interested in the twists and turns within nationalism(s) of a single country. Indian nationalism in some important segments has turned authoritarian. I wonder if there is a difference between state attained nationalisms turning authoritarian versus the state seeking ones. In the Indian case, with more and more institutions (Judiciary, Media, Civil Society) muzzled and diminished, so that a challenge to the existing regime cannot be launched, but there is still resistance from the states (federal sub-units), citizenship protests, etc.

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