(Pseudo)intellectualism and democratic (il)liberalism: on Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter's "Reactionary democracy"

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Saini, R. 2021. (Pseudo)intellectualism and democratic (il)liberalism: on Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter's "Reactionary democracy". Ethnic and Racial Studies. 44 (13), pp. 2381-2386. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2020.1867759
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Title(Pseudo)intellectualism and democratic (il)liberalism: on Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter's "Reactionary democracy"
AuthorsSaini, R.
Abstract

In “Reactionary Democracy”, Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter frame modern liberal democracy as fundamentally exclusionary. Appeals to liberal democratic principles that both institutionalize and normalize political inequality have not only allowed but actively facilitated the rise of the “alt-” and far-right. In the book, the authors expound the “fuzzy” demarcation between “illiberal” and “liberal” racism, the latter encompassing not only an adherence to principles of universalism, individualism, meritocracy and equality alongside a wilful denial of the effects of systemic racism in multicultural Western societies, but an instrumental support of group self-determination only when and where it serves to further liberal credentials. This review will discuss, given the arguments in the book, the limits of “mainstreaming” support for racial justice in the UK and the challenges for academics, critical theorists of race and scholar activists posed by the increasing pseudo-intellectualization of both illiberal and liberal racist narratives in academia and public discourse.

KeywordsLiberalism; racism; democracy; illiberalism; far-right; academic freedoms
Sustainable Development Goals16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
Middlesex University ThemeSustainability
Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
ISSN0141-9870
Electronic1466-4356
Publication dates
Online05 Jan 2021
Print21 Oct 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Jan 2021
Submitted03 Nov 2020
Accepted17 Dec 2020
Output statusPublished
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Copyright Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnic and Racial Studies on 05 Jan 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01419870.2020.1867759

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2020.1867759
Web of Science identifierWOS:000605034800001
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