The Psychology of Dictators and their Followers

In her essay titled ‘Trump: A Fable’ Eve Ensler describes the emergence of the strongman or authoritarian leadership and anti-democratic sentiments (particularly in the context of America) as a ‘virus’. An important question she raises in her essay is this: Was the man with orange hair the origin of the virus or simply the manifestation … Continue reading The Psychology of Dictators and their Followers

Explaining the rise of Authoritarianism in Liberal Democracies

Today, 1 in 6 US citizens favor a strong leader who doesn’t have to bother with parliament and elections as opposed to 1 in 16 in 1995. I will focus on the fault lines in liberal democracies that have allowed authoritarian populists – Strongman leaders who disrespect individual rights and are openly skeptical of democracy … Continue reading Explaining the rise of Authoritarianism in Liberal Democracies

DemoSapiens – Saving Democracy from Ourselves

We were delighted to host our first learning and discussion event in collaboration with the peace-building organization, HasNa, on authoritarianism and strongman leaders. Thanks to HasNa’s kind hospitality, we began the evening with light refreshments and casual discussion in Nevzer’s beautiful home. Citizen Demos (an initiative of Meta-culture) believes that without good citizens, liberal democracy … Continue reading DemoSapiens – Saving Democracy from Ourselves