the lavin weekly | October 13, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: The Death of Democracy, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, The Trump Effect, and Disarming Ageism

In this Lavin Weekly, Yascha Mounk explains why younger people are dissatisfied with democracy; Nikole Hannah-Jones becomes a MacArthur Fellow; Maria Konnikova describes how social norms evolve; and Ashton Applewhite offers first steps for women to disarm ageism.    

1. “Less than 1/3 of millennials think it’s important to live in a democracy.”

“The degree to which there is deep dissatisfaction with the democratic system, across the board, but especially among younger people, should have us very worried,” says Yascha Mounk. In this short video for The Atlantic he explains how in previous generations, liberal democracies served to make people wealthier, but today, that’s no longer the case. 


2. “I see my job as exposing how things are working behind the scenes to create the reality we all live in.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ investigations into the re-segregation of the America education system have earned her a National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Journalism, and this week, a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship—a distinction awarded to those whose work “builds a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.” Also, The New York Times, where she’s a staff writer, chatted with her about the win.  


3. “Authority figures have a strong and rapid effect on social norms.”

In other words, Maria Konnikova suggests in the New Yorker this week that with Trump in a position of power, the nation will come to associate his views on race and gender with that power, and absorb “that emulating them may be to our advantage.” 


4. “You go first.”

With her trademark humor and elucidating insight, Ashton Applewhite acknowledges in The New York Times this week that it’s harder for women to take steps towards disarming ageism. “We bear the brunt of the equation of beauty with youth and youth with power … but trying to pass for younger is like a gay person trying to pass for straight or a person of color for white. These behaviors are rooted in shame over something that shouldn’t be shameful.” 


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