The Vancouver Writers Fest presents
46. Democracy in Flux
ADAM GOPNIK, HAROLD R. JOHNSON, DAVID MOSCROP
Moderator: Laura Lynch
Three esteemed political commentators and essayists address the urgent crises in modern democracy and whether we can overcome the ever-present emergencies in our governments.
Churchill’s remark that democracy is the worst form of government—except for all other forms— feels increasingly pressing when atrocities are committed even in the most liberal societies, and a crisis of faith—from Left and Right—undermines our institutions. Are we facing an emergency in democracy? Or simply noticing long-standing failures previously ignored? Three of the finest political minds answer these questions and more. The New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik argues for a resurgence in liberalism in A Thousand Small Sanities, while political commentator David Moscrop asks whether we are Too Dumb for Democracy? Harold R. Johnson shares an urgent condemnation of the Canadian State’s failure to deliver justice to Indigenous people in Peace and Good Order. A must-see.
Suitable for grades 10-12 and adults.
Friday, October 25 at 10:15am
Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston St
$20 - Regular
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$15 - Youth (under 30)
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