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Democracy in Crisis?
Electoral and constitutional democracy, always a promise only half-filled, is facing obvious challenges in the US today: a current president who attacks both, a citizenry largely disgusted by politics, a deeply politicized court, polarized legislative bodies, and corruption by corporate and other wealthy interests running through almost every institution. There are slightly less obvious but no less potent challenges: Are democracies founded in racial subjugation (slavery and colonialism) capable of extirpating the effects of these foundings? Can neoliberalized capitalism and financialization be reconciled with democratic governing and public interests? Can the climate crisis be met through democratic powers? How does a world of migrants and refugees co-exist with democracies bound by nation-states? Have the erosion of public education and commercialized social media platforms overwhelmed the integrity of democratic processes and deliberation? Professors Vernon and Brown, who are part of a teaching team for a fall 2020 undergraduate course on Crises of Democracy, will converse with one another about these topics.

Oct 29, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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