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Prof Charles Taylor on The Minefield: Can democracies resist racial and religious exclusion?

Modern democracy has been a fragile proposition, ever since its historical emergence in the 18th century.

Its stability depends on a strong sense of political identity and civic solidarity, but it has proven uniquely susceptible to mistrust and hostility against those perceived as not belonging.

Despite claiming to be non-discriminatory, it has ended up creating new forms of exclusion against those groups deemed to be threats to its common life, whether they be Muslims in the United States or refugees in the EU.

For this program, Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens are joined by one of the world’s most eminent philosophers, Charles Taylor, who has thought deeply about the challenges of democratic cohesion, the moral demands of multiculturalism and the limits of state secularism.

Can democracy live up to its universalistic creed, while still retaining strong forms of social cohesion and political identity?

(Source: The Minefield)

To listen to this interview please visit ABC Radio National program The Minefield

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