Radicalizing Populism and the Making of an Echo Chamber: The Case of the Italian Anti-Vaccination Movement


  • Natascha Rietdijk Tilburg University



Echo-chambers, Populism, Anti-vaccination


In this article, I call attention to the relation between populist rhetoric and the creation and reinforcement of echo chambers. Looking at the case of the Italian anti-vaccination movement, I demonstrate that populist rhetoric has reshaped the echo chamber in order to politically mobilize it, by focusing its attention towards distrusting a (liberal) epistemic elite, thus further contributing to a post-truth narrative. I further argue that populism and echo chambers in general are conceptually linked through their dichotomous division of society and rejection of legitimate opposition.

Author Biography

Natascha Rietdijk, Tilburg University

Natascha Rietdijk is a PhD researcher in philosophy at Tilburg University and a member of the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. Her dissertation explores the effects of so-called “post-truth” politics on epistemic agency. Using insights from the ethics of manipulation and social epistemol- ogy, it describes the ways in which various contemporary socio-political practices influence relationships of epistemic trust. Her other research interests include political philosophy and moral psychology, especially issues relating to autonomy and authenticity.



How to Cite

Rietdijk, Natascha. 2021. “Radicalizing Populism and the Making of an Echo Chamber: The Case of the Italian Anti-Vaccination Movement”. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 41 (1):114-34.