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A Revaluation of All Values: Nietzschean Populism and Covid-19.

McQueen, D., Farache, F. and Grigore, G., 2020. A Revaluation of All Values: Nietzschean Populism and Covid-19. In: McQueen, David, Farache, Francisca, Grigore, Georgiana and Stancu, A., eds. Values and Corporate Responsibility CSR and Sustainable Development. Palgrave Macmillan, 279 - 311.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-52466-1_12

Abstract

In this chapter the authors explore how the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s reactionary ideas of ‘the herd’ and attitudes to empathy for the weakest members of society have resonated in uncomfortable ways in the response of some populist leaders to the coronavirus pandemic that swept the world in 2020. The chapter outlines aspects of the highly disputed intellectual legacy of Nietzsche, especially in relation to the murderous, eugenicist policies of Nazi Germany. It then explores the notion of ‘herd immunity’ discussed in the pandemic and the apparently casual disregard for the wellbeing of vulnerable groups or the wider safety of citizens by three leaders: Boris Johnson in the UK, Donald Trump in the USA and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. These leaders’ widely noted unpreparedness for, or indifference to, the spread of the virus indicated an alarming lack of social responsibility that was thrown into dramatic relief by the quick, decisive action of other leaders, organisations and businesses.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:9783030524661, 978-3-030-52465-4
Series Name:Palgrave Studies in Governance, Leadership and Responsibility
Issue:12
Number of Pages:52
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nietzsche ; Values ; Covid-19 ; Pandemic ; Populism ; Herd immunity
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:34717
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 Oct 2020 12:12
Last Modified:26 Oct 2020 12:12

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