Why do we so uncritically buy the “democratic rhetoric” of our rulers instead of countering their selfish designs? How was it possible in too many post-communist countries that incredible riches accumulated in the hands of the parasitic few? Why is political power so often fused with wealth? These are only a few of the questions debated by two philosophers in search of an answer to what went wrong in the post-communist world after 1989.
is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and currently Senior Lecturer in the Program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale University. His recent publications include Moral Choices in Politics (Moscow, 2004), Critique of Political Philosophy (Moscow, 2010), and Citizenship and Civil Society (Moscow, 2011).