The genius of democracy in the West is that it corresponds to the way human beings are. Each individual possesses inalienable dignity and natural rights that government must secure. At the same time, each person is also flawed, subject to corruption and the tendency to abuse power. Therefore government must be limited and subject to checks and balances and separation of powers. In the West today, a poorly understood postmodernism offers a diametrically opposed understanding of human beings and human government. According to this view, all things are subject to constant change and there are no lasting truths. Thus, human beings can and should be fundamentally changed via political projects and the power of government. How can we preserve the West's democratic achievements in the face of this challenge?
Todd Huizinga, U.S. diplomat from 1992-2012, the president of the Center for Transatlantic Renewal.
Mr. Huizinga is also the senior fellow for Europe of the Religious Freedom Institute, the author of “The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe” (New York: Encounter Books, 2016) and “Was Europa von Trump lernen kann?” (What Europe Can Learn from Trump?) (Berlin: Vergangenheitsverlag, 2017).
Time and Location:
In Kyiv: 24 February 2020, 18.00 - 21.30, Kyiv Center of UCU
In Lviv: 27 February 2020, 18.00 - 21.30, Sheptytsky Center, room 302
Target audience: professionals dealing with politics and policy-making, journalists, NGO activists, public opinion-makers, researchers.
The language of the workshop is English.
✍️ Link for Registration (in Kyiv): https://cutt.ly/RrDfhTd
✍️Link for Registration (in Lviv): https://cutt.ly/crDfF5P
More details: https://cutt.ly/YrZZAvc
Deadline for application: 🔥20 February 2020
The workshop will be conducted within the framework of the project “Building Democracy: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Political Institutions (American Experience), which is run by the Department of Political Science of Ukrainian Catholic University and funded by the Embassy of the United States of America in Ukraine.
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