Massimiliano Panarari

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The digital Leviathan and the soft new totalitarism

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Keywords: Soft New Totalitarianism, Surveillance Capitalism, Liberal Democracy, Biopower, Imaginary.

The crisis of political representation and liberal democracies offers one of the most investigated topic, both on an academic side and a cultural and political perspective (at large). Some books recently published – coming from a variety of approaches and orientations – suggest the idea of a «Soft New Totalitarianism» related to the digital revolution. And the birth of a «Tech-Leviathan» at the confluence of Surveillance Capitalism, biopower, postdemocracy and restrictions of personal freedom. A process accelerated in the present pandemic age, which is testing the boundless rise of high-tech firms influence and a renewed public intervention. This review article reconstructs a path of scholars and books designing a multiple critical and «Tech-pessimist» theory concerning the risks of «Soft New Totalitarianism» for western audience democracies.

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