Canadian Liberal Michael Ignatieff’s Key Lessons on Democracy and Revolution

There are political philosophers, and then there are philosopher-politicians. The former can be found in all universities, and sometimes in the pages of a national newspaper, but the latter are really rare. One of the most prominent, Michael Ignatieff, was in Dublin last week.

gnatieff was once an expatriate canadian scholar living a golden life in the ivory towers of harvard, where he alternated his work as a human rights scholar with award-winning journalism, after writing a novel shortlisted for the booker prize. Then, one night in 2004, a group of “men in black” visited him and asked him to take the Liberal Party home to Canada and bring it back to power.

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