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Rory Stewart:
Why democracy matters

TEDxHousesOfParliament · 13:41 · Filmed Jun 2012
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Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters
13:41 · Filmed June 2012 at TEDxHousesOfParliament · Subtitles available in 28 languages

The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. Iraq and Afghanistan’s new democracies are deeply corrupt; meanwhile, 84 percent of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important — not as a tool, but as an ideal.

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Rory Stewart — a perpetual pedestrian, a diplomat, an adventurer and an author — is the member of British Parliament for Penrith and the Border. Full bio
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