Jan-Werner Müller: "Democracy Rules" - How We Can Reinvent Our Social Contract

organisiert durch A part of the Munich Dialogues on Democracy Speakers Series, a cooperation between The Yale Club of Germany e.V. (Munich Chapter) and Amerikahaus- Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Amerikahaus München

Beginn: Donnerstag, 30.09.2021 um 19:00

Ende: Donnerstag, 30.09.2021 um 20:30

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    This event is part of the Munich Dialogues on Democracy Speaker Series.

    Everyone knows that democracy is in trouble, but do we know what democracy actually is? In his latest work, Democracy Rules, political philosopher Jan-Werner Müller, author of the widely acclaimed What Is Populism?, takes us back to basics.

    He explains how democracy is founded on three vital principles: liberty, equality, and also uncertainty. The latter, he argues, is crucial for ensuring democracy's dynamic and creative character. Authoritarians, as well as Big Tech, seek to render politics (and individual citizens) predictable; democracy holds open the possibility that new ideas, movements and identities can be created.

    Acknowledging fully the dangers posed by populism, by kleptocratic autocracies like Russia's and by the digital authoritarianism of Xi, Mueller also challenges the assumptions made by many liberals defending democracy in recent years. He shows how the secession of plutocratic elites in the West has undermined much of democracy's promise. In response, we need to re-invigorate our institutions, especially political parties and professional media, but also make it easier for citizens to mobilize.

    In his talk, Jan-Werner Müller will be taking on many of the most difficult political questions we face today and invite audiences to a vital rethinking of what democracy is, and how we can reinvent our social contract.

     

     

    About the book:

    For German readers, the book Democracy Rules has been released by Suhrkamp Verlag as Freiheit, Gleichheit, Ungewissheit: Wie schafft man Demokratie?

    Jan-Werner Müller is Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

    Please note:

    Following the talk, you may ask Jan-Werner Müller your questions online. If you prefer to do so even before the lecture, you can write us an e-mail at event@amerikahaus.de – just include “Question for Jan-Werner Müller” in the subject line.

    Organizers: A part of the Munich Dialogues on Democracy Speakers Series, a cooperation between The Yale Club of Germany e.V. (Munich Chapter) and Amerikahaus- Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations.

    Kindly supported by the Suhrkamp Verlag.

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