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The so-called Summit for Democracy, convened by American President Joe Biden, is set to begin in a few days. Before it begins, Pat Byrne, our guest, analyzes the dominant model of ‘democracy’ based on western concepts. He is a long-time socialist activist, political analyst, and European left historian. Boyan Stanislavski and Pat Byrne deconstruct the dominant notion of democracy and discuss the key actors who prevent democracy from progressing beyond electoral rituals, while regimes formed through general elections frequently fail to provide for the people and leave them disillusioned and frustrated.
Is it possible to have a successful democratic government without democratizing the media? What exactly does it mean to be governed democratically? Why do many societies in Europe and around the world accept and even support authoritarian measures? What has Eastern Europe’s experience been after more than 30 years of democracy in comparison to the authoritarianism of the People’s Republics?

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