Paul Scholten Centre Colloquium with Bastiaan Rijpkema (Legal Philosophy Leiden). Discussant: Tim Wolff (PSC).
Can a democracy defend itself against anti-democratic parties? At face value, democracy is the value-neutral political system par excellence: leaving parties to compete so that the "best" ideas (that is: with the most votes) may win. But what happens when political parties use their political rights to work towards abolishing democracy as such? Should a democracy also remain neutral as to its own existence? I propose that a democracy should not. Democracy should not be seen as value-neutral only, but as a political system that is uniquely capable of always correcting, and overturning, previous decisions. Seeing democracy in this way, as a system of "governing ourselves by self-correction", can justify defending democracy against anti-democrats, i.e. banning antidemocratic parties in certain circumstances.
Research colloquium, organised by the Paul Scholten Centre. This colloquium is open to all, no registration required. A copy of the paper can be obtained via email@example.com.