Out of the echo chamber 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! Watch the recordings!
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Positive discrimination? 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. Watch the recording!
Stronger in or taking control? As the UK's EU referendum looms large, two groups of sixth formers come head to head. This debate sees students of Queens’ School & Havering College pushed to get to grips with the focal points of both the pro and anti EU campaigns while bringing in their own arguments for remaining in or leaving the EU. Read more & listen to the podcast!
Freedom of speech Theoretically democratic institutions defend our right to free expression, yet there are an increasing amount of clausal restrictions on what we can say. How freely can we express ourselves nowadays, are the restrictions that are in place well founded and who should determine what we are allowed to say in public? Read more!
Extremism 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? [video highlights]
Political Unrest 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? [video highlights]
European Economics 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? [video highlights]
Image and Identification 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?
Youth Radicalism When the Arab Spring was sparked off by youth led protests, a string of copycat demonstrations occurred throughout Europe as the previously apathetic Western youth refound its voice. As Europe's economic woes continue, the Institute of Ideas considers where this new rebelliousness may lead. [video highlights]
Democratic Reform With the bureaucratic dominance of EU institutions and during the appointment of a rash of technocrats throughout Europe, the question is being asked, is the EU model potentially a precursor to the death of European democracy? The Institute of Ideas contemplates how this can be resolved going forward. [video highlights]
On Sunday the 23rd October, the Institute of Ideas and the Times Higher Education held a debate on identity, looking what role the categorisation of people plays in self-identification, society and debate.
Over recent decades, identity politics has become ubiquitous. The content of what one says, the convictions one articulates, the universal principles one espouses are turned to dust by those dread phrases “as a black woman”, “as a gay man” or “as a Muslim”. Western university campuses are just the most visible locations of where left/right political battles or material interests have been usurped by internecine warfare between competitive personalised identities, jostling for recognition and checking each other’s privileges.
On Sunday the 23rd October 2016, the Institute of Ideas and Newsweek held a debate on “post-factual politics”, asking what is the future of experts and whether their prominence doesn’t often remove some of the democratic accountability of decision-making.
This debate formed part of the 2016 edition of the Battle of Ideas debates festival, which you can find more information on via the links below. Other recordings from the Battle of Ideas will be being uploaded in the coming days and weeks and to receive up-to-date information about recordings from both these and other Time to Talk events, you can follow us on our Facebook and/or Twitter accounts, where we regularly publish information about new material.