Democracy IRL

The Inheritors: A Conversation with Eve Fairbanks

September 15, 2022 Eve Fairbanks Season 1 Episode 11
Democracy IRL
The Inheritors: A Conversation with Eve Fairbanks
Show Notes

Eve Fairbanks is a brilliant journalist who has lived in South Africa for the past decade. Francis Fukuyama speaks to her about her new book, The Inheritors, in which she provides a fascinating account of the way that both blacks and whites in that country have adjusted—or not—to democracy over the past generation. South Africa has undergone a transformation much like that of the US since the Civil War, only compressed into a much shorter time period, and Fairbanks points to the enduring difficulties of racial reconciliation and historical memory with implications for the United States.