Carolin Amlinger Thu, 9th March 2023, 8:00 pm Freedom violated Aspects of libertarian authoritarianism Literature Corona critics with flower necklaces, artists who question scientific findings, journalists who stage themselves as rebels against alleged speech bans: The libertarian authoritarian has found his way into political discourse. He does not long for a glorified past or the strong hand of the state, but argues vociferously for individual freedoms – to be free from consideration, from social constraints, from social solidarity. According to Carolin Amlinger, it is a consequence of the promise of freedom of the late modern age: the individual is supposed to be mature, authentic and highly self-responsible. At the same time, he experiences himself as increasingly powerless and without influence in the face of an increasingly complex world. This is experienced as a grievance and manifests itself in resentment and hostility toward democracy. Amlinger explains the social reasons that led to a change in the authoritarian character. Late modernity produces a new type of protest whose call for individual sovereignty is a threat to a society of the free and equal: the denial of a shared reality. Dr. Carolin Amlinger is a sociologist of literature and research associate at the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Basel. In the series Democracy Hint Unfortunately, the event has to be postponed. An alternative date will be announced shortly. We thank you for your understanding.