The People vs. Democracy
In recent years, authoritarians have seized power in democracies around the world, riding waves of populist fervor. The scholar Yascha Mounk has studied this trend. He says democracy itself may in danger, and there isn’t much time left to save it.
Research shows that more and more people are open to military rule and media censorship. They increasingly distrust politicians, fear multiethnic societies, and elect authoritarian leaders. So it makes sense to ask: is liberal democracy in danger? The scholar Yascha Mounk has been studying the global threats to democracy, and he’s noticed that individual rights and the popular will are increasingly at odds. He joins us Thursday to explain how we got here and what it will take to save democracy.
Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America. He's also a columnist at Slate and the host of the Good Fight podcast.