Elections in a pandemic: Conspiracy theories have a field day

Conspiracy theories thrive on misfortune. As soon as it became clear that Trump was losing the election, a torrent of conspiracy theories flooded the media claiming that vote-counting machines were rigged to favour Biden and that Trump was the victim of a conspiracy by big media, big tech and big … Read More

Are “filter bubbles” responsible for Trump and Brexit?

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama’s farewell speech raised a warning that “for too many of us it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods, or on college campuses, or places of worship, or especially our … Read More

In Defence of Democracy


By Roslyn Fuller
I won’t lie – when I got the email from Polity asking me to write a book defending democracy, I was delighted. Yes, wedging writing an entire book into your life on a short timeframe means you don’t get a lot of sleep, but that’s a small … Read More

Badiou on Trump

Extract from Trump by Alain Badiou

“Is the election of Trump a true disaster, the beginning of the end of democratic freedom, the triumph of racism, sexism, and social violence? Certainly it is a dark day for freedom, justice, and equality. I understand that, on the level of public opinion, … Read More