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This week Nate sat down with Sarah Hampson, PhD Political Science, MA International Politics, professor at University of Washington Tacoma. They had a conversation about the shortcomings of liberal democracy in the US and elsewhere in 2019.


4:30: Foundational ideals for government and our founding documents

6:30: Social Contract Theory & consent of the governed

11:00: What are the different types of democracy? How can we recognize the differences?

30:00: Nope, creating more homogeneous ethno-states ain’t the answer!

34:00: What does a more democratic democracy look like?

39:00: Our system of democracy has only been around for 200-ish years. Before that, it was city-states, dynasties, and more authoritarian empires. Are we reaching the end of the road for liberal democracy?

46:00 The diminishing of the American state

The 5

  1. Favorite Supreme Court Case?
  2. Favorite President and why?
  3. Favorite Justice?
  4. What’s the first thing you read or listen to in the morning?
  5. What’s one thing that everyone thinks is great that you know is trash?

Going Further

A Conversation with Marty Baron, Editor of The Washington Post

Brown V Board of Education

Contact Dr. Hampson at

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