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Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School. In addition to his teaching, Dershowitz is a prolific author who makes frequent media and public[…]

Democracy by soundbite is not democracy, says Alan Dershowitz.

Question: Is the American political system broken?

Alan Dershowitz: We’re getting democracy by sound bite, democracy by charm. And the likelihood of great leaders emerging from this form of popular democracy is, I think, diminishing.

But we have a responsibility. We can do something. The people in the vast majority of the world with no input in the activities of their governments have a much harder role. I think they have to focus on their own children, their own families, on focusing on their own lives, on improving their own lives, and are rejecting false promises of religious claims.


Recorded On: June 12, 2007