From fear to democracy: towards a politics of compassion

Dorota Glowacka

in Democracy in Crisis

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079238
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702123 | DOI:
From fear to democracy: towards a politics of compassion

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This chapter examines the affective modalities of the dilemmas of democracy, focusing on the articulation of affect in current theoretical and popular reflections on the possibility of democracy. It analyses the conflicting affects of fear and love in the face of anti-Semitism in Poland in order to understand the crucial role that affect plays, both in xenophobic, ethno-nationalist attitudes, as well as in their proposed remedies. This chapter argues that democracy is founded not only a constitutive political paradox concerning the irreconcilability of individual freedom and collective equality but also on an affective paradox concerning the aporetic relationship between fear and love.

Keywords: democracy; affective modalities; fear; love; anti-Semitism; Poland; political paradox; individual freedom; collective equality

Chapter.  7931 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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