Democracy in Libya?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former member of the International Board of the Saif Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation - until he resigned in protest at start of the uprising - discusses the prospects for democracy in a potential post- Qaddafi Libya.


Benjamin Barber

Comments [10]


It's ashame that the Brian Lehrer show would lower the bar by putting Benjamin Barber on the air. This man has ZERO CREDIBILITY when it comes to discussing Qaddafi and his sons. Barber has exposed himself as a dupe who was conned by the Qaddafi family.

Aug. 24 2011 11:56 AM
Jared from Manhattan

Benjamin Barber has some fancy things to say about the "common citizenship" we share in the US, but is that accurate? It seems to me it's consumer culture that we have in common more so than citizenship.

Aug. 24 2011 11:37 AM
Laura from UWS

How good a student was Saif when he was at The London School of Economics?

Aug. 24 2011 11:30 AM
Laura from UWS

No Coup in American history?

What was Iran-Contra deal to hold hostages longer in Iran, for the benefit of Reagan-Bush?

What was Bush v. Gore in 2000 and the halt of vote counting in Florida?

Aug. 24 2011 11:28 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

did he just say we had 80 years of slavery?

Aug. 24 2011 11:27 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY


Just what I was thinking--what IS a democracy consultant!?

Aug. 24 2011 11:23 AM

I think people generally get that democracy doesn't happen overnight. What's a "democracy consultant" anyway?

Aug. 24 2011 11:21 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Am I to understand that Mr. Barber did not know the Gaddafi history on the world stage when he began to work for the “Libyan Democracy” project under Saif al-Islam Gaddafi? Am I to believe the Lockerbie bombing, which happened in Dec. 1988, was unknown to him? How much money did he make off that deal?

Aug. 24 2011 11:19 AM
Laura from UWS

Any comment on Raw Story headline about nuclear experts warning of potential that dirty bomb material getting loose in Libya?

Any comment about why there are no women, children, and old people on the streets?

Aug. 24 2011 11:10 AM
Sumit Guha from New Jersey

Mr Barber was writing puff pieces on the artistic talents and humane side of Saif-al Islam Ghaddafi earlier this year.
He was paid large sums by the Monitor Group to assist with PR for the regime.
why do you invite people like this as 'experts'??
why not get Saif-al Islam himself?
Talk to the organ-grinder and forget the monkey!

Aug. 24 2011 10:18 AM

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