Outspoken: A Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century

In a world of increasing right-wing populism, global capitalism, and a climate emergency, leading thinkers come together to interrogate the meaning and practice of being outspoken.

The violence, nativism, persecution, and social hostilities of the twenty-first century demand a call to order: philosophical and theoretical communities must commit their intellectual resources to confronting and articulating the structures, desires, and resentment driving the dismantling of democratic values. Action in the absence of understanding and political vision devoid of inclusive ideas are all the more vulnerable to taking a reactionary turn.

Contributors to this volume challenge the return of fascism, dehumanization of immigrants, distrust of science, intolerance of fair and equitable economic models, and suspicion of inclusive political platforms. All, in their own way, tackle the burning question of how we might reimagine twenty-first-century life in the face of divisive forces. Outspoken includes essays by some of the world’s most radical thinkers—Rosi Braidotti, Henry A. Giroux, Amelia Jones, and Slavoj Žižek, among others—who together chart multiple progressive courses for political antagonism and social intervention.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Adrian Parr and Santiago Zabala

Part One Outspoken Age
1. Trumpism and Its Afterlife by Henry A. Giroux
2. The Ebb of the Old Liberal Order and the Horizon of New Possibilities for Freedom by Katerina Kolozova
3. Constitutionalism: Jurisgenesis as Polisgenesis by Eduardo Mendieta
4. Direct Democracy by Francesco Pallante
5. The Prosecution Project: Data-Driven Anti-fascism in a Post-truth, Proto-fascist Era by Michael Loadenthal

Part Two Outspoken Engagements
6. The Future of Design: Pursuing Spatial Justice and a Stronger Democracy by Thaïsa Way
7. Activism as Arts Programming by Amelia Jones
8. Space for Black Joy by Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton
9. Hegel and Netflix by Alex Taek-Gwang Lee
10. Free Speech by Natasha Lennard

Part Three Outspoken Policies
11. Affirmative Politics: Beyond the Rhetoric of Lament by Rosi Braidotti
12. Anarchafeminist Manifesto by Chiara Bottici
13. Rebellious Mothering: Gendered Labour of Revolutionary Acts in the Time of COVID by Jennifer D. Grubbs
14. The “Great Reset”? Yes, Please – But a Real One! by Slavoj Žižek

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