Philosophy Talk: The Radical Democracy Movement
How can we create a democracy that doesn't end up oppressing minorities and dissenters?
Liberal democracy has its problems, including that in trying to build consensus, it often ends up oppressing minorities or those who dissent. Radical democracy, on the other hand, tries to build consensus around difference, and challenge oppressive power relationships. But what are the risks of radical democracy? Is it really possible to have a democratic nation state without social conformity? How do we ensure both freedom and equality for all citizens in a society? And how does the anti-colonial tradition help us rethink what a modern democracy might be like? John and Ken join the struggle with Stanford historian Aishwary Kumar, author of Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy. Sunday 3/31 at 11 am and Tuesday 4/02 at 12 noon.