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Join Andrew Keen as he travels around the globe investigating the contemporary crisis of democracy. Hear from the world’s most informed citizens about the rise of populism, authoritarian and illiberal democracy. Listen to Keen’s commentary on and solutions to this crisis of democracy.

Join Andrew Keen as he travels around the globe investigating the contemporary crisis of democracy. Hear from the world’s most informed citizens about the rise of populism, authoritarian and illiberal democracy. Listen to Keen’s commentary on and solutions to this crisis of democracy.
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Join Andrew Keen as he travels around the globe investigating the contemporary crisis of democracy. Hear from the world’s most informed citizens about the rise of populism, authoritarian and illiberal democracy. Listen to Keen’s commentary on and solutions to this crisis of democracy.

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English


Episodes

Why Democracy needs Team Human

5/14/2019
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Douglass Rushkoff is one of the world’s leading humanist critics of contemporary capitalism, particularly of the digital economy. His latest acclaimed book is TEAM HUMAN and I began our conversation by asking him to describe the purpose not just of his writing, but of his professional life. But it was the human Rushkoff I was searching for. The man behind the philosophy. Full Show Notes at: http://www.ajkeen.com/podcast/episode18 Rushkoff.com Please be sure to check out DLD’s up and...

Duration:00:36:55

How Globalism Is Turning Us All Into Palestinians

5/7/2019
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Ian Bremmer is one of America’s leading political consultants and the author of the 2018 bestseller Us Vs Them: The Failure of Globalism. Globalism, of course, doesn’t mean the same as Globalisation. So I began my conversation with Bremmer by asking him to distinguish between these two critical concepts. Full Show Notes at: http://www.ajkeen.com/podcast/episode17

Duration:00:34:39

Finally Some Good News: Democracy works in Turkey!

4/30/2019
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With his 75,000 Twitter followers and his many television appearances and newspaper columns, Soli Ozel is one of Turkey’s best known and most illustrious political commentators. But Ozel, who is currently a fellow at Yale Law School, is more than just an expert on Turkish domestic politics. So, when we talked last week, I began by asking him whether he believed that democracy around the world was in crisis. Full Show Notes at: http://www.ajkeen.com/podcast/episode16

Duration:00:38:38

How to Fix the Future Nordic Style

4/25/2019
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Some of the more idealistic pioneers of the digital revolution - see the internet as undermining democracy. And there are few more idealistic digital revolutionaries than Peter Sunde, the Nordic co-founder of the file sharing network PirateBay – a man who famously went to jail for his beliefs about free online content. Full Show Notes at: http://www.ajkeen.com/podcast/episode15

Duration:00:43:45

Keen on Brexit

4/16/2019
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So we've talked a lot about Brexit in this show. But we've never had an entire episode focused on Brexit and its impact on British democracy and democracy in general. We need to have that conversation. And to have it. Last week James Bridle memorably described British parliamentary democracy as “a poor system led by donkies.” This week, we talk to Clare Fox, the founder of the London based think tank The Institute of Ideas about Brexit and the crisis of British parliamentary...

Duration:00:32:48

Keen on the New Dark Age

4/8/2019
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Given that our conversation with James Bridle was about enlightenment, let me begin by reiterating that it’s no substitute for his book THE NEW DARK AGE. If you really want to be enlightened, read it. You won’t be disappointed. The point of the book and our conversation is that today’s digital revolution, with its cornucopia of information, was supposed to enlighten, but is actually become a vehicle for mass mystification. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Bridle lives in Greece. The ancient...

Duration:00:30:26

Can Coders Save Democracy

3/28/2019
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So what to make of Clive Thompson's ideas about coders, his new tribe, who Clive, at least, claims are remaking the world. On one level of course. I think he's completely right. The ideology of “the coders”, if that's the right word to describe his new class, is one of extreme efficiency of ones and zeros and they are indeed in many ways remaking the world in their own image. It's a world of extreme rationality - a kind of an unregulated form of capitalism. It’s the market logic of...

Duration:00:41:17

Exposing Surveillance Capitalism

3/21/2019
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The most acclaimed new book about technology is by the distinguished Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff. It’s entitled THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM: THE FIGHT FOR A HUMAN FUTURE AT THE NEW FRONTIER OF POWER. But when I sat down with Zuboff in Berkeley last week, it became increasingly clear that THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM might have been subtitled: THE FIGHT FOR A DEMOCRATIC FUTURE AT THE NEW FRONTIER OF POWER ZUBOFF FIVE POINTS: “Something is not right,...

Duration:00:47:09

Keen on How to Be Evil

3/14/2019
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Today, I’m in New York City talking about the same subject. My guest is Rana Foroohar, the Financial Times columnist, CNN global economic analyst and best-selling author. Foroohar, who is coming out with a book about the tech platforms later this year entitled DON’T BE EVIL, is also one of Silicon Valley’s most articulate critics. And so she is particularly well equipped to make the connection between the rise of Big Tech and today’s crisis of democracy. FAROOHAR’S FIVE POINTS So there...

Duration:00:38:04

Keen on Global Capitalism

2/28/2019
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Who is the most articulate voice of global capitalism? George Soros comes to mind, of course. And so does Sir Martin Sorrell, the founder of the international marketing leviathan WPP. Last weekend, we both spoke at the International Advertising Association’s global summit in Cochi, India. And Sir Martin was in a typically expansive mood when, over lunch, he talked to me about global democracy and its discontents. FIVE POINTS Sir Martin’s new company is called S4 Capital. And, as I...

Duration:00:30:59

KEEN ON ESTONIA, PART ONE

2/21/2019
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As some of you will know, the little Baltic republic of Estonia is the world’s leading innovator of digital democracy. So today we talk with the country’s former CTO, Taavi Kotka, who many credit as the technological genius behind the construction of Estonian digital democracy. So, as Taavi Kotka made unambiguously clear, we have two choices for engineering 21st century digital politics. It’s what he aptly called THE GREAT CHOICE. Either the centralized Chinese model controlled by an...

Duration:00:32:27

Wolf On Democracy

2/14/2019
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Our guest is Martin Wolf, the Chief Economics commentator for the Financial Times newspaper and one of the world’s most acclaimed financial journalists. What I most like about Wolf is that he is able to explain incredibly complex things with breathtaking simplicity – such as the relationship between economic globalization and the rise of populism. FIVE TAKEAWAYS 1. “Despair is a sin,” Martin Wolf tells us. And yet there’s a lot of pessimism is his analysis of democracy’s global...

Duration:00:30:33

Is Media Killing Democracy?

2/7/2019
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Hope you enjoyed this week’s episode with Tom Baldwin, you can find out more about him here: Twitter As I promised. BALDWIN doesn't mince his words. But what to make of his arguments? His main point I think is pretty indisputable. He's right to identify 1989 as the last year of the 20th century and the first year of the 21st century, both in terms of it being the moment that the Berlin Wall fell and the world wide web was invented. And he's right to argue that we got it totally...

Duration:00:30:38

Why The Future Is Asian

1/31/2019
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The theme of this year’s DLD conference was optimism and courage. And so -- if Parag Khanna is indeed right about the future being Asian, should that make us optimistic about the future of democracy? Yes and no. Certainly his notion of Asia an interdependent system – a reinvented Silk Roads for the digital 21st century, offers much potential for democracy. Trade – a globalized network of economic interaction – lies at the heart of Khanna’s notion of the Asian century. And this represents...

Duration:00:20:08

Cukier on Democracy

1/24/2019
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Kenn Cukier, the author of Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think, explains how and why the big data revolution is undermining democracy. Hope you enjoyed this week’s episode with Ken Cukier, you can find out more about him and his writing on big data and artificial intelligence here: Cukier.com Twitter Linked in Find Ken’s Books here: Big Data-A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think Learning With Big Data- The Future of...

Duration:00:36:06

Goodhart on Democracy

1/17/2019
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David Goodhart, author of The Road To Somewhere, explains why the Somewheres versus the Everywheres is the central division in modern politics Hope you enjoyed this week’s episode with David Goodhart, you can find out more about him and Policy Exchange here: Policy Exchange David’s Twitter Find Davids Book here: The Road To Somewhere - The Populist Revolt & the Future Of Politics Please be sure to check out the DLD conference in Munich, Includes over 150 speakers, spanned across 3...

Duration:00:33:07

The Future Of 21st Century Democracy

1/10/2019
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Betaworks CEO John Borthwick shares his wisdom about the best models of democracy in our digital age. Borthwick argues that a truly democratic digital future requires a fundamental rethink of both internet business models and the architecture of web. Hope you enjoyed this week’s episode with John Borthwich, you can find out more about him and BetaWorks at: Betaworks.com John's Twitter John's Linked In Please be sure to check out the DLD conference in Munich, Includes over 150...

Duration:00:24:41

Ep:001-Welcome

1/6/2019
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Join Andrew Keen as he travels around the globe investigating the contemporary crisis of democracy. Hear from the world’s most informed citizens about the rise of populism, authoritarian and illiberal democracy. Listen to Keen’s commentary on and solutions to this crisis of democracy.

Duration:00:01:20