Back by popular demand, acclaimed philosopher A.C. Grayling takes centre stage to tackle Democracy and Its Crisis.
This talk will provide an urgent exploration of the challenges facing democracy today from one of our most trusted voices.
Presented in association with Bloomsbury
‘No constitutional system should allow a partisan group to hijack the interests of the whole: this is happening in the UK and the US as these words are being written…It is therefore a matter of urgency to return our advanced polities to their democratic roots.’ A.C. Grayling
Prompted principally by events in recent years in the UK and the USA, but also in Russia and the Middle East, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. He considers moments in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome – or not – and with what consequences. He then lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the 21st century and maps out a set of urgently needed solutions.
With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, argues Grayling, if a civilised society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish.
‘If there is any such person in Britain as The Thinking Man, it is A. C. Grayling.’ The Times
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. Among his many books are The God Argument and The Age of Genius. He has contributed regularly to The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Prospect and the New European, appears frequently on radio and TV, including Newsnight and CNN News, and is a hugely popular speaker at festivals and debates.