Why Democracy is in Peril and What We Can Do about It

 

Meritocracy is corrosive of the common good because it teaches the successful to inhale too deeply of their success.

Michael Sandel Political philosophy professor at Harvard
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Why Democracy is in Peril and What We Can Do about It

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Our politics is polarized, and, with Donald Trump poised for a comeback, democracy is in peril. Drawing on themes from his book, The Tyranny of Merit: Can We Find the Common Good?, Michael Sandel explains how we arrived at this rancorous political moment and suggests how we can repair our civic life. Followed by a discussion with journalists David Leonhardt and Annie Murphy Paul.

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