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Al Jazeera 'Head to Head' with Dambisa Moyo
Tue 12 June 2018, 18:30 – 21:30 BST
IS DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE?In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges the world-famous economist and thinker Dambisa Moyo, on why she believes liberal democracy is failing, and what can be done to save it.
The best-selling author first made waves with her book Dead Aid where she argued that foreign aid was in fact preserving poverty in Africa instead of relieving it.
Now the economist is taking on an even bigger target: liberal democracy itself.
In recent years, the West has been said to be in crisis: the election of Donald Trump, the UK’s Brexit vote, and the rise of far-right parties across Europe have all been cited by some as evidence of the failures of the current political system.
In her new book Edge of Chaos, the best-selling author provides her own diagnosis for the upsurge of populist and anti-establishment attitudes and provides a radical blueprint for change, which would “restrict the behaviour of politicians, limit the options available to voters, and…narrow the scope of the electorate itself.”
Is democracy really under siege?
Is there such a thing as too much democracy?
Should some people get more voting power?
And, is prosperity more important than political rights?
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