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The People vs. Democracy

Tuesday, March 27 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Conference Center 130 East Randolph Street 60601 Chicago , IL

Yascha Mounk, Lecturer on Government, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America. Moderated by Jerome McDonnell, Host, Worldview, WBEZ.        

The future of liberal democracy is in peril, believes Yascha Mounk. With populist movements gaining power and prominence across the world, faith in democratic institutions has fallen to an all-time low, while openness to illiberal forms of government is on the rise. In this climate of disillusionment, liberal democracy’s guiding principle of majority rule with minority rights is increasingly threatened, with dire implications for civil liberties. Why do growing numbers of citizens in America, and across the western world, no longer believe that democratic government can address their concerns or aspirations? Can liberal democracy be saved?

Copies of Yascha Mounk’s new book The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger & How to Save It will be available for sale and signing after the program from The Book Cellar.

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