Departures Podcast with Moisés Naím, author of ‘The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats Are Reinventing Politics for the 21st Century’

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Today there are currently fewer global citizens living in open and free democratic systems than in 1989, a sobering fact underlining the rapid global expansion of authoritarian regimes around tthe world.

According to Moisés Naím, the world has made itself safer for tyrannical leaders to install themselves, often using the “three Ps” of populism, polarisation and post-truth, putting both fragile and established democracies at risk of extinction.

In Naím’s latest book, “The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats Are Reinventing Politics for the 21st Century,” it is argued that these environmental factors of propaganda and polarization are compounded by harsh economic circumstances, including inflation and inequality, placing greater pressure on democracies and raising public discontent with the state, paving the way forward for authoritarian opportunists.

In this podcast conversation with host Robert Amsterdam, Naím discusses and contrasts his experiences in Venezuela with the tragedy of January 6th in Washington DC, and points to the utmost importance of having a well informed citizenry and what can be done to regulate disinformation while exploring what other options should be explored to better protect the world’s remaining democracies from tyranny.