“On the barricades” — s03e18
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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Bulgarian and Polish activist, journalist, editor, publisher and translator. In the late `90 active in the Polish left and later in the labor movement, particularly the biggest Polish labor confederation — The All-Poland Trade Union Alliance. Until 2012 editor-in-chief of its weekly magazine. Contributor at Baricada.org and Strajk.eu, Polish correspondent for the Bulgarian National Radio.
Currently working as an editor and journalist for the Polish labor portal Strike and as a correspondent to the Bulgarian National Radio in Poland.