Is American Democracy in Crisis?: The Munk Debates

Is American Democracy in Crisis?: The Munk Debates

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Overview

“Our country is now as close to crossing the line from democracy to autocracy as it has been in our lifetimes.” — E. J. Dionne, Jr.

It is the public debate of the moment: is Donald Trump precipitating a crisis of American democracy? For some the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Trump’s disregard for the institutions and political norms of U.S. democracy is imperiling the Republic. The sooner his presidency collapses the sooner the healing can begin and the ship of state righted. For others Trump is not the villain in this drama. Rather, his young presidency is the conduit, not the cause, of Americans’ deep-seated anger towards a privileged and self-dealing Washington elite. Trump’s disruption of politics as usual is what America needs to start the process of restoring democracy by the people, for the people.

The twenty-first semi-annual Munk Debate, held on October 12th, 2017, pits award-winning journalist E. J. Dionne, Jr. and influential author and blogger Andrew Sullivan against former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and bestselling author and editor Kimberley Strassel to debate the current crisis of American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487004521
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: The Munk Debates , #2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Newt Gingrich is the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, a New York Times bestselling author, and Time magazine’s 1995 Man of the Year.

Table of Contents

Pre-Debate interviews with Moderator Rudyard Griffiths 3

Is American Democracy in Crisis? 35

Post-Debate Interviews with Moderator Rudyard Griffiths 93

Acknowledgements 105

About the Debaters 107

About the Editor 109

About the Munk Debates 111

About the Interviews 113

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