Politics is in disarray across the world, with a wave of extremism sweeping across Europe and the United States. With chaos in Canberra, many are asking will Australian politics fall foul of the same trends or can we as individuals stop the decline and restore the promise of democracy?
In the lecture, Marc Stears from the Sydney Policy Lab argues that it is possible for democracy to thrive, even in our very turbulent times, but only if people act to save it. The health of our politics is not a matter of vast social and economic forces far beyond our control, he will insist, but instead lies with the daily choices that each of us make as individuals and members of our communities.
If we each abide by the key virtues of generosity, humility, open-mindedness and creativity – living without 'cynicism or contempt' – then we have a chance to prove that democracy can thrive, even in our own turbulent time. If not, then our opportunity to shape the future of this country and the world could be lost for generations to come.
This event was held on Thursday 4 October, 2018 at the University of Sydney.
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