I’m joined by Larry Diamond for a conversation on how our social media ecosystem amplifies extremist movements and empowers authoritarian regimes such as China, Iran and Russia. We discuss how our democracy at home relates to the fight for freedom abroad, the perverse incentives of today’s social media ecosystem, Twitter’s fate, and how Russia’s war against Ukraine relates to Taiwan.
Larry Diamond is one of the foremost experts on the study of democracy. He is a Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Larry is also a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, where he leads its programs on China’s Global Sharp Power and on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region. He is the co-founding editor of the Journal on Democracy and the author of numerous books, the most recent being “China’s Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance.”