Los Angeles

Is the Public Destroying Democracy?

Yascha Mounk

Photo courtesy of Yascha Mounk.

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 N. Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Paid parking is available at the Little Tokyo Mall Public Parking Lot (318 E. First St.) Enter from San Pedro Street. Additional paid parking is available at the Japanese Village Plaza Parking Lot (356 E First St.) and the Office Depot Plaza Parking Lot (401 Alameda St).
A Zócalo/Daniel K. Inouye Institute Event
Moderated by Joe Mathews, Zócalo Columnist and Co-President, Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Authoritarian populists have seized power—from Turkey to Poland, and India to the United States—and things may get worse. Trust in democracy is wilting in many societies, to the point that rising numbers of people in Western democracies prefer military to representative rule. Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It, argues that stagnating living standards, corruption, social media, and a backlash against multiethnic governance are driving the public’s disenchantment with democracy. What sort of actions can be taken to restore the public’s commitment to self-government? Would regulation of social media or policies curbing inequality turn the tide? Mounk, a Harvard lecturer, visits Zócalo to discuss how the people can be convinced to love democracy again.