Democracy at Risk
Our panel discussed the threats to democracy. In Freedom for Sale John Kampfner explores the widespread surrender of freedom for stability and wealth. Eric Kaufmann in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? examines the implications of the rise of religious conservatism and fanaticism; and Dominique Moïsi, in the Geopolitics of Emotion, shows how the world is now divided along different emotional fault-lines, fear being the dominant feeling in the West.
John Kampfner was a political correspondent at The FT and editor of The New Statesman. He is now director of Index on Censorship. His latest book Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost our Liberty is a blistering attack on the invidious elements of capitalism.
Eric Kaufmann is Reader in Politics, Birkbeck College. He is the author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth: Religion, Demography and Politics in the 21st Century, and three other books. A regular contributor to Prospect magazine, he has also written for Newsweek International, Foreign Policy andJewish Chronicle.
Dominique Moïsi, a founder of the French Institute for International Relations, is currently professor at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw. He regularly writes for The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs and is the author of Geopolitics of Emotions, How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World.
Martin Bright is political editor of the Jewish Chronicle and a former political editor of The New Statesman.