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Published on Feb 6, 2019
The lifeblood of liberalism is respect—and we need more of it. In this riveting talk at The Economist's Open Future Festival in New York in September 2018, Richard V. Reeves, an author and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, explains how liberal democracies flourish when there is an "ethic of reciprocity."
Reeves is well-placed to see the importance, as a citizen of both Britain and America. In a time of Brexit and Trump, "the capacity and willingness to look each other squarely in the eye demonstrates true equality," he explains. "In an equal gaze is equal respect."