chapter  8
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Looking to the Future
ByJohan Farkas, Jannick Schou

The concluding chapter picks up on the main arguments presented in this book. It argues that we might be in the middle of a democratic moment where the boundaries and contents of liberal democracies are being re-negotiated. Post-truth worlds represent only some of the nascent responses to this moment and their contents are still in a state of flux. In this sense, while technocratic and truth-based models of democracy might seem increasingly hegemonic at the present juncture, the future is not fixed or settled. There is, in this sense, still time to undo these ideas and work towards greater democratic inclusion, participation and openness. It is urgent that critical scholars and citizens do not fall back on merely providing negative critiques, but also work actively for the construction of new models for democracy and co-habitation. Our democratic moment lends itself to this and the time is ripe for such interventions. To our mind, this means bringing back the constitutive role of disagreement, conflict and agonism in democracy. Only then, by reclaiming the demos, can we begin to look into the very real problems posed by misinformation and deception.