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US Elections: “Three Plans to Save America”

US Elections: “Three Plans to Save America”

Manchester Airport: Donald Trump welcomed by Trump supporters. © Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump It has never won an election, at least by the votes cast. Nevertheless, he became president in 2016, dangerously close to re-election in 2020 — and could begin his second term in the fall. Is it just because of American suffrage? Or is it that, like many right-wing populists, he succeeds in convincing society that he speaks for the majority?

This week we're talking about “The Tyranny of the Minority.” Political area With American best-selling author and political scientist Daniel Ziplot. Ziplot, who teaches at Harvard University, describes how American electoral law and institutions have fostered a development in which one party has long been able to govern even after losing a majority of the population. Author of a book published in Germany Tyranny of Minorities Analyzes the development of America For a multiracial society, for the first time, a long-dominant population group has to fear losing not only its majority, but also its status. Ziplot says: America has experienced a measurable democratic backsliding over the past twenty years. Bestselling author (How democracy dies) offers advice on how to save American democracy. And he explains why he finds Germany “inspiring”.

On the podcast Political area Each week we talk about what's happening in politics, explain the background and discuss the connections. Every Friday, two presenters and a guest – and a noise. Ileana Grafits and Peter Tassant or Tina Hildebrandt and Heinrich Weffing alternate as hosts.