A.C. Grayling on Democracy and its crisis

Thu 23 Nov / Quarterhouse

Philosopher A.C. Grayling talks about the failure of the best political system we have: democracy and about how to put it right. In at least two of its leading examples in today’s world, the United States and the United Kingdom, ‘representative democracy’ has been made to fail. Notice these words: ‘made to fail.’ He argues that if the ideas that underlie the concept of representative democracy were properly and transparently applied, democracy would truly be, as Winston Churchill described it, ‘the least bad of all systems.’ But it has been made to fail by a combination of causes, all of them deliberate. He explains the Trump election and the Brexit referendum in the light of what has happened to the West’s leading democratic systems.

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