Yascha Mounk, "The People vs. Democracy" (w/ E.J. Dionne)

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Yascha Mounk discusses his book, "The People vs. Democracy", at Politics and Prose on 3/11/18.
As Mounk shows in this closely-reasoned history and analysis of liberal democracy, recent years have seen a widening split between the system’s two components. As liberalism and democracy come apart, they tend toward the extremes of either an illiberal democracy under the sway of populist demagogues or an undemocratic liberalism, run by technocratic elites. Using data, social science research, and evidence drawn from voting behavior, economic inequality, and global political trends, Mounk, author of The Age of Responsibility and a senior fellow in the New America Political Reform Program, charts the forces that have pulled liberal democracy apart and proposes ways to bring popular will and individual rights back together again. Mounk will be in conversation with E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and co-author of One Nation after Trump.
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GoldenMelody Zen Study
losers lash out searching a TERM to blame. People don't care Democracy and vice versa. It's all about money and power.
Zsuzsanna Circleedge
Yadha Mounk said this on german TV: (for those how speak german - unfortunately it is without subtitles:) de-vid.com/video/video-3qkaAyKLeBs.html
nicolas ennu
nicolas ennu Vor 8 Monate
A lot of the populist backlash comes down to the fact that when living standards are stagnant, and there is unemployment or even job insecurity, it seems extremely unfair to native citizens for employers and the government to be encouraging mass migration. The native groups feel like their situation is being made even more precarious when they have to compete more and more and more with newcomers who can live off less and less in an already tough market. It really does seem like the elite wish to drive down wages. What's worse, at the same time this is happening, the culture of political correctness is in overdive and if a member of the native, or majority group offends a migrant, they may face serious reprucussions from the very elites whom they feel should be put the native people's interest first, over any newcomers. All of this offends the native majority's sense of fairness and assaults their sense of dignity and worth. When a German sees the government of his country, which is named Germany for a reason, show more care and attention and politics correctness for an outsider group whose members are shown to commit crimes(rape in Colonge for instance), or whom they must compete with for jobs and public resources, the German looks at his elite and says, " hey, I thought you were going to look out for me because we are a common people with deep roots together. This is a country founded by our common ancestors for our success and the continuation of our line. We have a special relationship which is fundamentally different than you would have woth foreigners and is unmutable, unlike any sort of contract you may make with a foreigner. What happened between us?" If a person who just moved to Marseille from Cameron is suddenly just as French as a person who was born there, whose family has roots going back centuries(or thousands of years), then being French is not special, anyone could become French on a whim. This offends people greatly. The reality is that these connections mean so much more than money, and commerce, and GDP. The German feels like he doesn't matter in a nation whose namesake is taken from his very ethnic-cultural group. He feels second class. Replacable. Most importantly, he feels like the social contract has been broken. This is why he his willing to embrace extreme measures, because he feels the elite have gone to the extremes and broken the rules of the game themselves. So why should he continue to play by the old rules?
Carlos Amonimus
Carlos Amonimus Vor 11 Monate
actually people in venezuela as in turkey have changesto fight and actually are fighting so also in wrong ways
Dee Pattison
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It seems that it is power which is the enemy of Democracy. Where power is strongly invested diversity cannot thrive and it is diversity which stimulates thought and freedom. We come together to increase benefit to the most people, without trampling on individual right to develop and garner benefits.
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They talk so much about young people in US, yet they don't even mention Bernie Sanders?!? That is cognitive dissonance... Young people did not see Hillary as a salvation from trump. Bernie was the anti-trump. Hillary was going to be a 3rd term of Obama. Young people already felt shortchanged by Obama who ran on hope and change, and then didn't change much. People wanted REAL change as had been promised to them all the way back in 2008; and Hillary was not going to be change.
jam59 Vor year
Mostly agree. Hillary 3rd term of Obama? Probably. But Obama was tired of fighting Republican opposition for 8 straight years. Maybe Hillary could have broken through in some areas. Now we have the fly-over state backlash. And it ain't pretty!
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