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Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an entrepreneur and author who focuses on the decline of culture and the undermining of the authority of experts and professionals. He has worked at various technology companies including Pulse 3D, SLO Media, Santa Cruz Networks, Jazziz Digital, and Pure Depth. He is also a public speaker on new technology and business, education, culture, and society.
Recent episodes featuring Andrew Keen
Maria Ressa
How to Fix Democracy
Rappler CEO and co-founder Maria Ressa got her start as a journalist in the Philippines in the 1980s and has seen the pendulum of democracy swing in both directions since. In her interview with Andrew Keen, Ressa—who was among the journalists named Person of the Year by Time Magazine in 2018—dives into the way that “lies laced with anger” have spread faster than facts across social media, playing to the worst of human nature and undermining democracy. As we find ourselves in a political environment she likens to dystopia and chaos, Ressa asks us all to reflect on the values that guide us.
Yascha Mounk
How to Fix Democracy
Yascha Mounk, associate professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and expert on the rise of populism, describes three main challenges to democracy: the stagnation of living standards in developed democracies, cultural and demographic changes that are shifting the status quo, and the social media’s domination. These elements have combined to increase the supply of “noxious ideas” that have led to factions and division in the United States and other countries. One way to reverse this process, Mounk argues, is to resist divisive ideology in favor of what he calls “inclusive nationalism.”
Norman Ornstein
How to Fix Democracy
Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has been immersed in U.S. politics since the late 1960s and has watched the evolution of the Republican Party with concern. Ornstein no longer views the GOP as conservative, he tells Andrew Keen, but as radical, leaving behind its ideology for a theology. And though he cannot point to a period in American history where the political situation was ideal — even the post World War II years of bipartisan cooperation were fraught with racial divisions — today it is about as dire as he’s seen.
Cornell Brooks
How to Fix Democracy
For Cornell William Brooks, former president of the NAACP and current professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, democracy is not an ethereal concept from Greece; it is about his family lineage. For centuries, the story of democracy in the United States has been about an expanding definition of citizenship and what an American looks like. Brooks encourages us to remember the art of conversation in an increasingly digital world and promotes removing obstacles to voting, even making voting a requirement. 
Laura Rosenberger
How to Fix Democracy
Director of the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy and former White House and State Department official, Laura Rosenberger views democracy from a national security perspective. In this interview, she urges the United States to pay close attention to threats from without and within. In addition to focusing on borders, security means focusing on systems, she claims. Otherwise, the United States leaves itself vulnerable to authoritarian regimes and illiberal forces who could seek to undermine democracy in order to increase their relative power. Americans’ first line of defense is to not let external interference divide them, an important message heading into a year of presidential campaigning.
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13 hours, 53 minutes