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James Curran
8 May 2011

Congratulations on being 10.

Also for having the vision to recognise the potential of the internet to enable a global conversation  – and the inexhaustible energy and drive to reinvent yourself not once, not twice, but three times. And stay luminous as an international beacon for a decade.

Unfortunately, the proposition that advanced forms of democracy will prevail in 2050 is so absurd that it cannot be plausibly explained. It took over two centuries of struggle to secure often imperfect forms of democracy in parts of the world. ‘Open’, ‘pluralist’ democracy ‘over vast swathes’ is likely to take longer.

James Curran's Media and Democracy/Routledge

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James Curran's Media and Democracy/Routledge


Author: James Curran

Peter Geoghegan: dark money and dirty politics

Democracy is in crisis and unaccountable flows of money are helping to destroy it. Peter Geoghegan’s new book, ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics’, charts how secretive money, lobbying and data has warped our democracy.

How has dark money bought our politics? What can be done to change the system?

Join us for a journey through a shadowy world of dark money and disinformation stretching from Westminster to Washington, and far beyond.

Sign up to take part in a free live discussion on Thursday 13 August at 5pm UK time/6pm CET

In conversation:

Peter Geoghegan Dark Money Investigations editor at openDemocracy and the author of ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics’.

Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy.

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