Beatrix Lu

Democracy and demagoguery both derive from the Greek root demos, meaning "the people". So why are the two portrayed as incompatible? 

Demagogracy is a multimedia exploration of the tensions between demagoguery and democracy and the definitional issues surrounding each term. Tracing the history of democracy through popular, scholarly, political, and organizational definitions, Demagogracy assesses American democracy in light of a 2014 Princeton study suggesting that the United States has more features of an oligarchy than a democracy. Additionally, the project examines the effects of demagoguery on democratic systems using historical case studies drawn from right-wing Latin American heads of state. Ultimately, Demagogracy argues that President Trump is a demagogue whose actions undermine democracy. 

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