INTERNATIONAL POPULIST AUTHORITARIANISM
The topic for this session is the rise/revival of international populist authoritarianism. We will discuss some specific examples: populist authoritarian movements in Europe, the United States, Turkey, the Philippines, Russia (Putinism, including church-state alliance), Venezuela (left-wing populist authoritarianism), and so forth. Why are people drawn to authoritarianism? Do the present-day authoritarian movements bear any resemblance to past historical episodes, for example Nazism?
References (not required reading):
Alan E. Johnson, review of Erich Fromm, “Escape from Freedom” (1941): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1738724661
Jason Kelly, “Can Democracy Survive?,” University of Chicago Magazine, spring 2019: https://mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/can-democracy-survive
Silvio Washbord, “Why Populism Is Troubling for Democratic Communication,” Communication Culture & Critique 11 (2018): 21-34: https://www.academia.edu/37309462/Why_Populism_is_Troubling_for_Democratic_Communication
On the bright side: “Slovakia Welcomes Its First Female President—And She’s an Environmental Activist,” Global Citizen, April 1, 2019: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/first-female-president-slovakia-caputova