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[podcast] Finding Common Ground : On Point

Social scientist Yascha Mounk warned years ago that anti-democratic leaders were on the rise. He was right.

And yet today, he feels hopeful:

"I think the situation today is a mix of reasons to be very, very concerned in the midst of reasons to be optimistic," he says.

Politics feels like a centrifugal force, pushing, tearing American democracy apart.

Mounk says there's an opposite force — one that pulls even the most diverse democracy together: Underappreciated joys in all our daily lives.

"It's a love of the cities and landscapes, of celebrities and TikTok stars and even silly aspects of contemporary culture."

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