Yascha Mounk - The Identity Trap | How To Academy

Tue, 10 October 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Yascha Mounk – The Identity Trap

A Story of Ideas and Power in Our Time

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How should we fight against the oppression of ethnic, sexual, and religious minorities? In the struggle towards equality, could the good intentions of activists backfire?

Renowned and respected by leaders in his native Germany, the US, and the UK alike, an expert on the rise of populism and the global crisis of liberal democracy, Yascha Mounk is one of the major political thinkers of our time.

Now Yascha joins How To Academy to investigate the rise of identity politics. Many who passionately believe in social justice have come to believe that members of marginalised groups need to take pride in their identity if they are to resist injustice. But for Yascha Mounk, seeking to put each citizen’s matrix identities at the heart of social, cultural and political life will not lead to liberation. It is a trap.

Yascha will trace the origin of these ideas and explore how they have won tremendous power in the past decade. He will provide a nuanced critique and make a passionate plea for universalism and humanism, arguing that in their current form, identitarian ideas set back the road to genuine equality.

This event is presented in partnership with Penguin



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Yascha Mounk

Political Scientist

Yascha Mounk is a writer and academic known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. Born in Germany to Polish parents, Mounk received his BA in history from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and his PhD in government from Harvard University. He is now a professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University. Mounk is also a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, the founder of the online magazine Persuasion, and a publisher of Die Zeit. He is the author of The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It and The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure.

Edie Lush

Award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster

Edie Lush is an award-winning journalist, an events MC and a communication trainer. She hosts events around the world — from the World Economic Forum in Davos to the COP Climate Summits. She has hosted several podcasts including Global GoalsCast, made in collaboration with the United Nations. She has been the Economics and Political correspondent for Bloomberg Television, a columnist at The Week magazine and the Associate Editor of Spectator Business magazine. Her work has appeared in many publications including Prospect, the Spectator and the BBC. She runs her own business providing senior Leaders, Influencers, Academics and Executives with Communication training — focusing now on increasing impact in both online and in person appearances.