Live Feed From The Munk Debates: "Is Trump To Blame For The Crisis Of American Democracy?"

Is Donald Trump precipitating a crisis of American democracy?

For some the answer is an emphatic “yes”. Trump’s disregard for the institutions and political norms of U.S. democracy is imperiling the Republic. The sooner his presidency collapses the sooner the healing can begin and the ship of state righted.

For others Trump is not the villain in this drama. Rather, his young presidency is the conduit, not the cause, of Americans’ deep-seated anger towards a privileged and self-dealing Washington elite. Trump’s disruption of politics as usual is what America needs to start the process of restoring democracy by the people, for the people.

Is Trump the cause or the symptom: that is the topic of today's semi-annual Munk Debates, which start at 7pm ET in Toronto, and where arguing for the resolution will be senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, E.J. Dionne, Jr. He will be joined by Andrew Sullivan, New York magazine editor and blogger.

Speaking against the resolution will be former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich as well as Kimberley Strassel, senior editorial writer and member of the editorial board for the Wall Street Journal.

Rudyard Griffiths, director and moderator of the Munk Debates, says: “The future and fate of American democracy concerns everyone. This debate promises to bring into sharp contrast the critical issues driving a tumultuous moment in American politics."

The Autumn 2017 Munk Debate will move the motion: be it resolved, American democracy is in its worst crisis in a generation and Donald J. Trump is to blame...

The Munk Debates are Canada’s preeminent forum for leading thinkers to discuss the pressing issues of our time. Two debates are held each year in Toronto, one in the spring and one in the autumn. Previous Munk Debate participants include former British prime minister Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens, Samantha Power, Paul Krugman, Fareed Zakaria, Dambisa Moyo, Mia Farrow, Malcolm Gladwell, Nigel Farage, Simon Schama, Louse Arbour and Glenn Greenwald.

Watch the debate live below (link).

Comments

tmosley Dennisen Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:31 Permalink

No, the Deep State is to blame. They have held themselves above the law and operated with impunity for so long that now that they are shown the slightest bit of scrutiny, their entire power base falls apart. Witness the Awan brothers and the Pedowood situation.

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Rapunzal Dennisen Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:32 Permalink

The democracy died with Kennedy, since then all presidents have been puppets. A few senators or congress men have been killed as well, but since 15 years you can pretty much say the whole political system is corrupt to the core and voting a farce on federal level.

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TheLastTrump Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:02 Permalink

This article precipitated a crisis of confidence in my computer. Log out, no article. Refresh, no article. Log back in, here's the artcile. Just for me?

nmewn Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:06 Permalink

"For some the answer is an emphatic “yes”. Trump’s disregard for the institutions and political norms of U.S. democracy is imperiling the Republic."lol...that sounds like something Ashley Judd might say, wearing a pussyhat ;-)

nmewn Åristotle Thu, 10/12/2017 - 20:20 Permalink

The ask was how did I do, not if "I" did or didn't and anarchy doesn't require a formal "regulated vote", just simple consensus.The consensus is the minority is even now imposing its will on the majority, didn't you know you were supposed to choose between multi-millionaire marginal athletes or government subsidized billionaire franchise owners? ;-)

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nmewn Åristotle Thu, 10/12/2017 - 21:12 Permalink

That would be great, you round up all the anti-soft drinkers, anti-speechers, anti-gunners, anti-free press, anti-history, anti-smokers, anti-boozers, anti-statue, anti-freedom and anti-fags, lay it all for them and then let me know how they feelz about it. As for me, I already know how they feelz. I really don't care about "them" ;-)

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Deep Snorkeler Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:25 Permalink

AmericaA Used Car Salesman EmpireHeaded by a Real Estate DeveloperThis is not a democracy and you are impotent.Your thinking vocabulary has been lost.Your values are pre-programmed.You cannot return to normal life. 

Father ¢hristmas Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

You can't restore a democracy where none was ever instituted.  This is what the great American cracker fails to realize.They trudge on with an idiotic effort to "rebuild" a prosperous ethno-state, while failing to understand the impetus of the greatness they want to replicate.But no matter.  The Sun sets in the West, and rises in the East.  We travel that way.".223 leave your ass still like a mannequin"

Zapporius Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:55 Permalink

Trump is the symptome of the crisis of american democracy. There hasn't been any actual democracy for decades, if ever. Smoke and Mirrors. It had to give away somewhere and Donald Trump is the proverbial zit on the american ass.