The surge of populism across Europe and the US has been accompanied by an increasingly flexible relationship of many people - including presidents - towards facts and truthfulness. "Postfactualism" is dangerous for democracy - it can undermine its legitimacy as well as that of the institutions that enable it, such as the media.
Hence, we're launching the Faktenfreunde ("friends of facts"), a network for people who remain keen on the facts. Armed with the facts, any debate becomes easier - and better. Facts still matter. We want to make sure it stays that way.
From Adorno and Horkheimer to Joseph Stiglitz to Hans Rosling; from the economic developments underpinning increasing discontent in countries such as Germany to gender roles in different religious communities in Europe to historical perspectives on the political consequences of migration: we'll talk about it, constructively and based on the facts - while acknowledging ambiguity and uncertainty.
We'll be meeting at regular intervals in Berlin, Munich and Innsbruck to discuss a particular topic, book or paper. Everyone is welcome to join, in person or via Skype. If you're interested in becoming a Faktenfreund*in, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org