"Today, however, the increasingly high-pitched appeal by politicians to "our values" sounds ever emptier – alone the confusion of "principles", which require some kind of justification, with "values", which are more or less attractive, irritates me beyond all measure. We can see our political institutions being robbed more and more of their democratic substance during the course of the technocratic adjustment to global market imperatives. Our capitalist democracies are about to shrink to mere façade democracies."
- Jürgen Habermas
, a German sociologist and philosopher whose work focuses on the political domain and rationality. He is best known for his theories on communicative rationality
and the public sphere
. Associated with the Frankfurt School
, his work also focuses on the foundations of critical social theory
, the analysis of advanced capitalistic societies and democracy, human freedom within modern society, the rule of law in a critical social-evolutionary context
, and contemporary politics-- particularly German politics.