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Against Hate

Against Hate

Carolin Emcke , Tony Crawford (Translator)

ISBN: 978-1-509-53195-0

Mar 2019, Polity

220 pages




Racism, extremism, anti-democratic sentiment – our increasingly polarized world is dominated by a type of thinking that doubts others’ positions but never its own.

In a powerful challenge to fundamentalism in all its forms, Carolin Emcke, one of Germany’s leading intellectuals, argues that we can only preserve individual freedom and protect people’s rights by cherishing and celebrating diversity. If we want to safeguard democracy, we must have the courage to challenge hatred and the will to fight for and defend plurality in our societies. Emcke rises to the challenge that fake news and populist narratives pose, exposing the way in which they simplify and distort our perception of the world.

Against Hate is an impassioned call to fight intolerance and defend liberal ideals. It is a must-read for anyone concerned about the darkening politics of our time and searching for ways out.

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"At a time when all over the globe, groups have mobilized around hatred of strangers, foreigners, migrants and refugees, Emcke analyzes with subtlety and psychological precision the hearts and minds of those who hate. A must-read for understanding the rise of right-wing populist movements in contemporary Europe in particular."
Seyla Benhabib, Yale University