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battle of ideas

Extinction or progress? Visions of the future
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at peoples concerns about the future, be they economical or ecological, asking where our faith in progress has gone and what the pessimistic mood at large tells us about our society and self-confidence.
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The crisis of trust in institutions
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at falling levels of trust in our institutions, asking where this comes from and how we should respond to it. Should we welcome this new wave of scepticism or do we need faith in our institutions in order to maintain a functioning society?
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Who are “the establishment”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the idea of the establishment, asking whether we can still talk about an establishment today and, if we can, what does it look like and who is part of it - who exercises real power today and how?
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Who are “the people”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the concept of "the people", its relationship to democracy, its Brexit consequences and implications and what is seen by some as its dangerous usurpation by populists. Who are "the people" and why are we hearing so much about them lately?
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Brexit or “remain and reform”?
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This Battle of Ideas satellite debate looks at Brexit and the macropolitical level, using it as an inroad to a discussion on reforming the EU and for a contemplation of the impact of Brexit on the broader geopolitical situation internationally in an age of changing power constellations.
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Democracy under siege
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What is the biggest threat to democracy: the rising tide of populism or the creeping onset of technocracy? This Battle of Ideas debate looks at deteriorating faith in democracy and the threat from both authoritarian and bureaucratic challenges, asking how we can revitalise Western democracy.
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National identity and belonging: what does it mean to be a citizen?
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What does it mean to be the citizen of a nation state? This Battle of Ideas debate explores the questions raised by Brexit, migration, home-grown terrorists in Syria and the Windrush scandal, looking at what citizenship means in the globalised world of the 21st century.
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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 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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Should euthanasia be legalised?
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In Germany, the Bundestag is looking into a reform of the legislation on euthanasia, leading to a heated debate on the pros and cons of assisted suicide. Should we have the right to determine when we want to die or are there too many circumstances in which any law allowing assisted suicide could be exploited to harm the vulnerable and the ill?
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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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