Democracy in Flux

Moderator: Laura Lynch

Event Number: 46
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Democracy in Flux

Friday, Oct 25
10:15am - 11:45am
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street

Churchill’s remark that democracy is the worst form of government—except for all other forms— feels increasingly pressing when atrocities are committed even in the most liberal societies, and a crisis of faith—from Left and Right—undermines our institutions. Are we facing an emergency in democracy? Or simply noticing long-standing failures previously ignored? Three of the finest political minds answer these questions and more. The New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik argues for a resurgence in liberalism in A Thousand Small Sanities, while political commentator David Moscrop asks whether we are Too Dumb for Democracy? Harold R. Johnson shares an urgent condemnation of the Canadian State’s failure to deliver justice to Indigenous people in Peace and Good Order. A must-see.

Event Participants:

Adam Gopnik


Adam Gopnik is a staff writer at The New Yorker; he has written for the magazine since 1986. Gopnik has three National Magazine awards, for essays and for criticism, and also a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. The author of numerous bestselling books, including Paris to the Moon, he lives in New York City., @adamgopnik

Appearance generously supported by Tourism Vancouver.

Harold R. Johnson


Harold R. Johnson is the author of five works of fiction and four works of non-fiction including his newest book Peace and Good Order: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada. His other recent books are Clifford and Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School and managed a private practice for several years before becoming a Crown prosecutor. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and lives in the north end of Saskatchewan, with his wife, Joan.


David Moscrop


David Moscrop is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa, a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, a writer with Maclean’s Magazine, and a political commentator for radio, print, and television. Too Dumb for Democracy? is his first book. He’s now working on his second — a book about the end of the world.,@David_Moscrop