Since its origins, democracy has been a work in progress. Today, many question its resilience. The Bertelsmann Foundation, Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and Humanity in Action have teamed up with Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future, for Season Three of How to Fix Democracy: a video and podcast series exploring practical responses to the threats facing democracies around the world. Host Andrew Keen interviews prominent thinkers, writers, politicians, technologists, and business leaders who enlighten and challenge us as we seek the answers to How to Fix Democracy.
Season 3 Episode 19, titled “Democracy in Pain,” features Patrick Radden Keefe, a writer and investigative journalist whose recent book, Empire of Pain, delves into the opioid crisis in the United States.
In this interview, co-hosted by Andrew Keen and the John Adams Institute director Tracy Metz, Patrick explains some of the lessons from this story for repairing democracy in America. In many ways, the saga of the opioid crisis reflects a topic covered often in this series: the troubled relationship between corporate power and democracy in America. (watch|listen)
This is the first interview of a series in cooperation with The John Adams Institute.
This series is made possible with the kind support of the William H. Donner Foundation. Find more episodes here.