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Yascha Mounk talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Great Experiment: How to Make Diverse Democracies Work

 
Hay Festival 2022 , 

It’s easy to be pessimistic about the fate of democracy in multi-ethnic societies. At the end of the Second World War, fewer than one in twenty-five people living in the UK were born abroad; now it is one in seven. The history of humankind is a story of us versus them, and the project of diverse democracies is a relatively new one – it is, in other words, a great experiment.

How do identity groups with different ideologies and beliefs live together? Is it possible to embark on a democracy with shared values if our values are at odds? Author of The Great Experiment Yascha Mounk argues that group identity is both deeply rooted and malleable. No community is beyond conciliation: groups are moving towards cooperation across the world. He offers a profound understanding of the problem behind all our other problems, and genuine hope for our capacity to solve it.

Yascha Mounk talks to Stephanie Merritt