The Political Hazards of Populist Conspiracy Theories

Authors

  • Levon Babajanyan Yerevan State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46991/BYSU:D/2022.13.1.061

Keywords:

ideology, populism, conspiracy, conspiracy theory, populist conspiracy theory, political hazard, extremism, authoritarianism, democracy

Abstract

The article discusses the political hazards of the populist conspiracy theories, which are simultaneously widely spread in both Western and Armenian political discourses in the last century. In the context of ideological analysis of populism and conspiracy theories the common ideological and ideational components have been summarized, which determine the ideological content of populist conspiracy theories. The
article identifies the general political hazards of the populist conspiracy theories for the societies with democratic political organization: discrimination of the people on the basis of moral contradiction “good people” - “evil elite”, manifestation of extremism, denial of the principles underlying democratic institutions - trust and pluralism, antiscience, a tendency to authoritarianism.

Author Biography

Levon Babajanyan, Yerevan State University

PhD in Philosophy, Assistant at the Chair of Social Philosophy and Ethics

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Published

2022-04-19

How to Cite

Babajanyan Լևոն. 2022. “The Political Hazards of Populist Conspiracy Theories”. Bulletin of Yerevan University D: International Relations and Political Sciences 13 (1 (37):61-73. https://doi.org/10.46991/BYSU:D/2022.13.1.061.

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Section

Political science