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New Technologies of Government and their Implications for Value

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The Democratisation of Capital as a Political Technology This paper looks at the widespread use of the term ‘Americanism’ in the 1930s as a critique of American and European liberalism (by figures like Ernst Jünger and Martin Heidegger), often contrasted with terms like fascism and communism, to explain liberal democracy as a metaphysical and ideological from of government.  This term was to some extent modified to become ‘World Democracy’.  The paper asks whether this identification of liberal democracy, not just as a politics, but as a metaphysics, can have any meaning today.  It does so by drawing attention to Robert Shiller’s suggested goal that modern “financial technologies” should “expand, correct, and realign finance” by “democratising and humanising and expanding the scope of financial capitalism”, with the aim of “mak[ing] it possible for everyone to participate intelligently in the financial system” (Robert J. Shiller, Finance and the Good Society, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2012).  The paper therefore asks whether the regulated and democratised application of such a financial technology becomes the political underpinning of a metaphysics of “world democracy”, and suggests what might follow from such a claim.

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TitleNew Technologies of Government and their Implications for Value
LocationCopenhagen Business School
Degree of recognitionInternational event