On Tuesday the 8th May 2018, the Time to Talk Association and Vienna’s IWM talked to the former Prospect editor, David Goodhart, about the state of liberal democracy and why we change our minds.
Why do we change our minds about things? In his Financial Times article Why I left my liberal London tribe, the British public intellectual, David Goodhart, reflects upon the trajectory of his own ideological shift.
As a student, he once rebelled against his background, which included having a father in Thatcher’s government and attending Eton. Later, he became the founding editor of the centre-left magazine, Prospect, known for its readiness to challenge existing wisdoms and to display a wide variety of views from across the political spectrum. In 2004, this readiness to challenge established thinking led him into his first real conflict with the British left and liberal centre, both of which strongly criticised his essay, Too diverse?, in which he analysed the tensions between the UK’s solidarity-based welfare state and its society’s ever-growing diversity.
Meanwhile, Goodhart’s most recent book, The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, has helped to shape the English-language debate on the nature of the current crisis of liberalism. In it, Goodhart asks who is to blame for the state of liberal democracy and whether liberals and people he calls Anywheres – individuals who are cosmopolitan, University-educated, mobile and less grounded in any one specific location – should took a good look at themselves when lamenting the current state of affairs.
This political salon, therefore, sought to create a non-partisan conversation which enquired into the defining changes defining our times, their underlying causes and the state of public discourse in Europe.
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David Goodhart is a British journalist, founder and former editor in chief of Prospect and a political analyst and author. Previously, he worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times and he has written for The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. Formerly, the director of Demos, as of 2017, Goodhart has been the head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at Policy Exchange. His books The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration (2013), and The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics (2017) have fuelled the UK’s already heated and divisive debates on immigration, the social impact of globalisation and populism.
Head of the Foreign Politics Department, Die Presse
Ivan Krastev – Bulgarian Political Scientist and Commentator, currently Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
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