The apparently democratic character of referendums faces myriad critiques. One of them is the influence that the opinions of voters on other issues, whether or not relevant to the decision at hand, may exercise on their vote in a referendum. As this New York Times piece explains, when confronting complex choices, voters facing either information overload or information deficits might […]
Author Archives: Tanya Filer
You would be ill-advised to watch Wild Tales (2014) when feeling on edge. The brilliant ensemble film comprises six discrete stories that depict moments when pent-up passions are set explosively, terrifyingly – and often hilariously – free. The result is at once mesmerizing and, in its moments of unbounded brutality, rebarbative to the extreme. Four […]
Tanya, Hugo, and Rolf discuss conspiracy theories with David Runciman on his ‘Election’ podcast. We present the results of our survey and touch on recent events in Argentina and Russia. Listen (from 10:00) here.
What does a conspiracy look like? What are its visible, outward signs? The visual images that we associate with the idea of conspiracy often relate to secret plotting, to scenes that emerge into public view only fleetingly – even if their effects are long-lasting – or to events that occur outside public sight: ‘hidden hands’ […]
‘I have no evidence’, wrote Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, ‘but no doubts either’. So the president of Argentina announced on Facebook and her website her conviction that Alberto Nisman, special prosecutor for the AMIA bomb attack of 1994, had not committed suicide on Sunday 19th January but had been the victim of a political murder plot.