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DICTATORS, DESPOTISM AND DEMOCRACY 
JOHN KEANE IN-CONVERSATION WITH TORY SHEPHERD
JUST A THOUGHT SERIES

TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER,
6PM TO 7PM, ACST,
6.30PM TO 7.30PM, AEST

Online Event
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

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One day they will be like us. That was once the West’s complacent and self-regarding assumption about countries emerging from poverty, imperial rule, or communism. However, many have hardened into something very different from liberal democracy: what the eminent political thinker John Keane describes as a new form of despotism. One day, he warns, we may be more like them.

Authoritarian regimes are rising, but while the human rights abuses are ongoing, there’s a new charm to the despots’ ways. They cloak themselves in democracy-coloured fabric, a new iteration of the old “bread and circuses”, allowing the rising middle classes to pretend that citizens are free.

Professor John Keane, one of Australia’s top thinkers and writers about democracy and its limitations and pretences, casts his rebellious eye over what we used to think of as a simple binary. The free world versus… what, exactly? Professor Keane draws on the themes of his most recent book, The New Despotism, to illustrate how governments have mastered a formidable combination of political tools that threaten the established ideals and practices of power-sharing democracy.

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PROFESSOR JOHN KEANE
PROFESSOR OF POLITICS, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY AND WISSENSHCAFTSZENTRUM, BERLIN
CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, SYDNEY DEMOCRACY NETWORK
AUTHOR

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John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB, Berlin Social Sciences Centre). He is renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy.

Among his best-known books are The New Despotism (2020); Power and Humility: The Future of Monitory Democracy (2018); and the highly acclaimed full-scale history The Life and Death of Democracy (2009). 

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Sydney Democracy Network
Twitter: @jkeaneSDN
The Conversation John Keane Articles

FACILITATOR: TORY SHEPHERD
JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

Tory Shepherd

Tory Shepherd is a columnist at The Advertiser, a freelance writer, and the author of On Freedom.

After finishing Honours in Anthropology and a Masters in Communication, she ended up as a ‘mature-age’ cadet at the paper 15 years ago. She is a Walkley Award judge and a Churchill Fellow.

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Twitter: @ToryShepherd
Facebook: Tory Shepherd

 

JUST A THOUGHT SERIES

This event is presented as part of Just A Thought, an exclusive In-Conversation series presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre with Tory Shepherd. Hear captivating interviews with inspiring contemporary thinkers and change-makers who are shaping Australia’s future. Speakers will share their thoughts on addressing our most pressing issues and discuss how we can have a positive impact on our society. 

Other events in this series:

Senator The Hon Penny Wong
How to be a Star Citizen in Space
Slaves in the System
Breaking the News

 

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