The Radical Democracy Movement

Sunday, March 24, 2019
First Aired: 
Sunday, July 3, 2016

What is it

Liberal democracy has its problems, including the fact 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, in a program recorded live at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco.

 
 

Aishwary Kumar, Professor of History, Stanford University

 
 

Bonus Content

VIDEO: Opening montage

MUSIC: Tin Cup Serenade, Money Is King: Clinton

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Research By

Truman Chen
 

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