The Anthropocene and its problems unveil and exacerbate some vulnerabilities of democratic theory and practice, particularly in their liberal version. Both liberal democracies' failures and their most promising attempts at managing these problems expose them to powerful legitimacy challenges. The Anthropocene is thus for liberal democracies what Scylla and Carybdis were for Ulysses and his crew: a predicament whereby any direction taken will lead to serious difficulties and risks, and possibly to significant damages and losses. [Publisher's text].
Anthropocene, liberal democracies, challenges, vulnerabilities