Maxime Lepoutre

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics
Nuffield College, Oxford


Latest posts

CONSPIRACIES AND ‘COUNTERSPEECH’

Posted on 12 July 2021 by Maxime Lepoutre

‘The 2020 US election was stolen.’ ‘COVID-19 was intentionally developed as a biological weapon.’ ‘Climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.’ The times have been good for conspiracy theories. This, in turn, is dangerous. As these examples illustrate, conspiracy theories often sow confusion or scepticism about crucially important matters—matters such as the democratic
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SHOULD WE PUBLICLY EXPRESS ANGER?

Posted on 15 July 2019 by Maxime Lepoutre

Anger is a red mist, which blinds us. It blinds us to the good in other human beings, and to the danger in violent or uncompromising action. Accordingly, expressing anger in public spaces is detrimental to the cultivation of mutual trust and to the pursuit of justice. Or so it is often said. In the
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