Current events show that the old problem of populism is making a comeback, and that populism is indeed an autoimmune disease of our age of monitory democracy.
We’re not sure if the cure, the populist outsider, will work and make life better. but we are willing to experiment as the old certainties of representative politics wither.
Why are we increasingly seeing voters support candidates whose policies are, superficially at least, against their own interests?
Ambivalence among voters is reason to think about how democracy is working for us as a community. To keep democracy alive we need to be sceptical about the exercise of power and keep it in check.
The only exceptional leaders we need today are the ones who help us to govern and take care of ourselves.
For decades, India’s Hindu and Muslim populations have been at odds, and it comes down to more than just religion.
Populist politics would appear to have left deliberative democracy by the wayside, but innovations that engage citizens in reasoned decision-making have much to offer.