Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk



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“it makes little sense to ask corporations that create a lot of jobs for a proportionally higher contribution than corporations who create very few jobs.”
Yascha Mounk, The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

“21. Even the best books on politics and public policy tend to have the same flaw: The bulk of the book consists of a subtle, in-depth analysis of deeply worrying trends. Then, the conclusion suggests glib, hurried suggestions for what to do about them. This is no coincidence: It’s much easier to diagnose problems than to solve them. A deep understanding of a problem does not necessarily point the way toward a sensible solution. And even when a proposed solution looks to be right on the merits, it is often obvious that it would never be adopted. All these problems apply to my topic as much as they would to most others. And that is why I want to offer the reader a simple deal before I launch into my own account of the potential remedies to democracy’s crisis: Finding solutions to the deep challenges I’ve outlined in the book is incredibly hard. I have taken the task seriously, and identified some promising ways of approaching the problem. I genuinely think—and fervently hope—that thinking about the challenge in the way I outline here, and even adopting some of the concrete policies I mention, would maximize our chances of rejuvenating our democracies, and keeping authoritarian populists in check. But I will not pretend that these suggestions are magic bullets. Nor can I promise that adopting them would ultimately be enough to save liberal democracy. They may well turn out not to be enough; but if we are serious about saving liberal democracy, they are the best we can do.”
Yascha Mounk, The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

“If you had asked one of my constituents who he is a few decades ago, he would have said: ‘I’m a foreman in the factory,’” a senior politician told me recently. “But then a lot of manufacturing jobs up and went. People took an economic hit. But they also lost a sense of identity. If I ask them who they are nowadays, they tell me: ‘I’m white. And I don’t like all those immigrants coming in.”
Yascha Mounk, The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

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