Is democracy broken? Nicolas Berggruen, coauthor with Nathan Gardels of Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism, is interviewed by Nick Bilton on Inside the Hive from Vanity Fair.
Berggruen discusses reason for why an alternative framework for governance is needed. Berggruen notes that, “the overarching issue is that the last thirty years has been years of incredible change, very fast — maybe too fast — and we’re still analog as humans while change is at a digital place. Globalization, multiculturalism, and technology have moved things so fast and we’re a little bit lost — who are we, where are we going. And I think that this creates great anxiety. And it’s expressed in a way which is not surprising. People revert to what they know, to an area of comfort, or to a simple answer. And that leads to populism or tribalism everywhere. So not just in the West but if you look at China, Russia, India —nationalism is on the rise. Certainly in the West as well. So I think the symptom is a global symptom, not just seen in democracies.”
Here more of Nicolas’ thoughts on China vs. the U.S and what participation without populism can look like.
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