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Your Call: Immigration backlash challenges the fate of western democracy



What explains the rise of the right in countries that have historically been defenders of human rights and models of tolerance?

In his new book, Go Back to Where You Came From, journalist Sasha Polakow-Suransky explores how our political landscape has been reshaped and how xenophobia has gone mainstream. From the US to Europe, how are protections for minorities and the rule of law eroding?


Sasha Polakow-Suransky, journalist and author of Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy

Web Resources:

The Commonwealth Club: Sasha Polakow-Suransky Thursday, October 26 at 12:00 pm

New York Times: European Populism Is Here to Stay

Washington Post: Why Europe’s populists are here to stay

New York Times: Democracy Can Plant the Seeds of Its Own Destruction

Foreign Affairs: The Rise of Illiberal Democracy

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.