Evan Lieberman on South Africa. Democracy in hard places

Evan Lieberman on South Africa. Democracy in hard places

Evan Lieberman is  professor of political science and contemporary Africa at MIT, director of the MIT Global Diversity Lab, and the faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). He is the coauthor with Rorisang Lekalake of the recent article “South Africa’s Resilient Democracy” in the Journal of Democracy and author of the forthcoming book Until We Have Won Our Liberty: South Africa after Apartheid. He joined Justin Kempf in a recent podcast to discuss his recent work. The podcast and transcript is available here

June 7, 2022 | Democracy Paradox Podcast
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Justin Kempf
June 7, 2022
Democracy Paradox

When you hear people talk in such disparaging tones, that everything is broken, that nothing is possible, you need to ask yourself, is that right? When you look around, the answer is no. There are these examples where things do go right, where people work together and create a neighborhood or a community for themselves in which they can be prosperous and build better lives. And that’s really what the democratic project is all about, explains Evan Lieberman. Listen to the podcast, or read the full transcript, here.