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One could approach today’s episode pondering the question, “Why isn’t democracy perfect?” The answer to that question lies in 3 fundamental issues. These problems we face with democracy are not new; they existed in the truly radical governing experiments of the 17th and 18th centuries, and they continue to plague us now into the 21st century.
Many clever political scientists and philosophers have put their minds together to studying democracy and writing about its problems. Today, I’m honored to welcome one of the best – Parag Khanna, a global strategist and bestselling author, as well as a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Parag’s latest book, Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State, is a study of how some cutting-edge nations are choosing to govern and how we can learn from their models. Parag offers a tantalizing glimpse into a form of government that is led by experts who perpetually consult the people through a combination of democracy and data – a “direct technocracy.”
In this episode, we discuss how the U.S. is showing up in the world today as an example of democracy, how other countries govern, and how we can redesign our democratic institution. Don’t miss this provocative glimpse into what Parag suggests is possible for America’s future.
What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
- The 3 main problems with democracy and why democracy is not the perfect form of government.
- How democracy, as implemented in the U.S., is failing to live up to expectations today.
- Parag’s thoughts on mandatory voting within a democratic nation.
- The process Switzerland’s government uses to analyze complex issues like climate change.
- Whether the U.S. can continue competing on the international stage without thinking longer term than quarterly returns in the stock market.
- Parag’s model for redesigning our democratic institution.
Featured on the Show:
- Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State by Parag Khanna
- On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
- Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg
- The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy 1st Edition by Anthony Gottlieb
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