Episode 48: Keith Kahn-Harris on Denialism––and Post-Denialism
Brendan and Andrew welcome London-based sociologist Keith Kahn-Harris, author of Denial: The Unspeakable Truth. They discuss what the various kinds of denialism––regarding the Holocaust, climate change, Trump’s 2020 electoral defeat, Stalin’s crimes against humanity, and so on––have in common. They also explore Kahn-Harris’s thesis that denialism is a bad-faith strategy that people resort to when their true desires and aims have become unspeakable, and what this implies: that conflict between denialists and their opponents is not, ultimately, about the facts, but about the profound moral chasm that divides them. Kahn-Harris and the co-hosts also discuss how denialism can be combatted, the limited success of anti-denial strategies, and how to confront the alarming “post-denialist” environment he thinks we’re moving into, where erstwhile denialists’ formerly unspeakable desires are becoming speakable once again.
Plus current-events segment on the sweeping pandemic of opposition to Covid vaccination––how Trumpism, social media, and anti-vaxx profiteers have made “vaccine hesitancy” highly transmissible.
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