Point/Counterpoint 2022: Democracy at a Cross Roads

In the aftermath of fascism’s defeat in World War II, Winston Churchill famously quipped: “democracy is the worst form of government—except for all the others that have been tried.” In this year’s series, we examine whether this statement is still true today. Have the multiple recent threats to our democratic institutions made manifest their virtues––their strength and stability? Or have they highlighted their vices––their weakness and vulnerability? 

The Point/Counterpoint series was organized by Professor Lawrence Douglas (law, jurisprudence, and social thought), Professor Nishi Shah (philosophy), Professor Alexander George (philosophy), and Professor Leah C. Schmalzbauer (American studies and sociology).

Point/Counterpoint 2022 Videos

Point/CounterPoint Conversation with Rep. Jamie Raskin

October 18, 2022

Congressman Jamie Raskin speaks with Professor Lawrence Douglas at the first Point/Counterpoint event of 2022. Rep. Raskin is the author of Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democary (2022).

Point/CounterPoint Conversation with George Packer

November 3, 2022

Journalist, novelist, and playwright George Packer speaks with Professor Lawrence Douglas and Professor Alexander George. George Packer is best known for his writings for The New Yorker and The Atlantic about U.S. foreign policy.

Point/CounterPoint Conversation with Danielle Allen

November 8, 2022

Professor and author Danielle Allen speaks with Professor Lawrence Douglas and Professor Leah Schmalzbauer at the third Point/Counterpoint event of 2022. Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University.