Academy of Ideas, London

Academy of Ideas
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The Academy of Ideas is a forum for intelligent and lively public debate of complex social issues: a new academy for ideas in the UK and internationally. It challenges orthodoxy and prejudice, not for the sake of it, but because people are more than capable of deciding things for themselves.
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Good populism, bad populism?
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Populism is the word on everyone's lips, be it for describing Brexit, Trump or the AfD, but what about left wing parties like Podemos & SYRIZA and politicians like Macron and the many mainstream copycat proponents of "a new direction"? What is populism & why do some populisms get better press than others?
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What is liberalism?
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Liberalism has many faces, but all seem to have come into the firing line of late, why is this and what does it mean to be a liberal in the twenty-first century? Is there a growing disenchantment with economically liberal ideas, with the concept of liberalism itself or are we witnessing infighting within liberalism?
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Is there a culture war against populism?
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What are populists and why do some populists get tarred with the populist brush while others receive a more enthusiastic reception? Are populist movements morbid symptoms of a dying political order or the first signs of a democratic renewal? And, should we celebrate rather than criticise their efforts to overturn our top-down systems?
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Battle of Ideas 2017
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The Battle of Ideas is back for another festival of provocative and challenging debate. This year, the Barbican Centre awaits visitors with an action-packed weekend featuring more than a hundred debates on diverse themes.
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Brexit: a victory for democracy or fact-free politics?
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Populism, post-factual politics or taking back control? de Buren and the Institute of Ideas look at the conduct and the conclusion of the Brexit referendum in this Battle of Ideas satellite debate, asking whether the British people have got what they want or been sold down the river and what it all means for the future of democracy.
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Battle of Ideas 2016: free speech allowed
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This year's Battle of Ideas focuses on free speech, but looks at a myriad of different areas from Brexit and Trump through to coups in Brazil and Turkey and tensions in and with Eastern Europe. Join 400-plus speakers in London's Barbican for a debating festival of considerable breadth, which demands that its audiences challenge and be challenged!
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Diversity: empowering some, silencing others?
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Does the current focus on diversity do more to divide than to unify societies? Join De Balie and the Institute of Ideas for this Battle of Ideas debate on the differences in our societies and how we think about politics and citizenship.
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Europe’s new far right: fear or fantasy?
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The National Front are resurgent in France, the English Defence League an emerging threat in the UK and Golden Dawn a rising force in Greece. How much of a threat are these groups in reality, is the so called "new European far-right" a serious concern or simply a serious exaggeration?
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European Spring?
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Is European politics starting to witness new forms of participation which could lead to a European equivalent of the recent Arab Spring or are we just seeing a rise in the superficial politics of populism? What is the reality of European politics today and how can we expect it to look in the future?
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The euro and the economy: the final countdown?
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What is myth and what is reality in the current European economic crisis? Are the solutions to be found in further federal integration, in renationalisation or in a North/South divide? More importantly, who should decide which of these options is ultimately adopted?
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Is Europe…boring?
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Europe is safe and still relatively prosperous, the largest economic unit in the world. One can travel throughout most of the continent untroubled, tourism is booming and the thought of conflict risible, however, is something missing, is Europe...boring?
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