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People’s populism versus democracy of the elites?
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Frank Furedi and Ivan Krastev speak in a Red House debate which asks whether populism can be considered to be a sign of radical democratic renewal, an indication of under pressure elites' mistrust in their populaces or as a description of a wide-range of approaches to politics which adopt simplistic false dualities.
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Dissidents today – from anti-communism to anti-liberalism?
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Nikolay Mihaylov talks to The Red House about the boundaries of public discussion, looking at whether liberalism itself innately restricts our ability to discuss our concerns and the conditions we need to guarantee an environment within which democratic alternatives can be widely discussed.
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Utopia, Modernisation, Terror – 100 years after October 1917
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Krytyka Polityczna looks back at the Russian Revolution one hundred years on, asking what we can learn from it and looking at both the dangers and opportunities provided by utopian ideologies.
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In the margins of Europe: Russia
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CCCB and CIDOB take a look at Europe from its fringes. Starting with two discussions on Russia, this series encourages reflection on the European project, adopting the perspectives of its geographic and symbolic peripheries.
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The end of a post-revolutionary utopia. A Central European view
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Pavel Barša speaks at The Red House on the post-communist transition in Central Europe and why the end of totalitarian regimes in the region has coincided with a rise in support for illiberal and populist politics on both sides of the former Iron Curtain.
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Revolutions and their children – revolutionary legacies: 1917 and 1989
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A hundred years on from 1917 and just 28 after 1989, what are the legacies of these epochal revolutions today? The Red House hosts a debate which looks at how the start and the end of Eastern Europe's short 21st century frame its present day.
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Time to Talk open letter in support of Osman Kavala
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On November 1st, the leading Turkish cultural figure, Osman Kavala, was charged with trying to overthrow the Turkish government. Here, Time to Talk members and their organisations offer their support and call on European politicians and media platforms to ensure that he receives a fair and transparent trial.
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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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A crisis of liberalism? A conversation with Ognyan Minchev
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Why are European voters turning away from the traditional political representatives of mainstream liberalism? And, what has led some of the former Eastern bloc's foremost proponents of liberal democracy to start taking a more critical stance on the EU and European elites?
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The virtues of dissent
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Philippe Narval speaks to Heide Schmidt about her journey from the FPÖ to the NEOS, about how to define populism and what we can and should do to counteract its more negative manifestations.
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Revolution! Vienna Humanities Festival 2017
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Vienna Humanities Festival returns in 2017 with an action packed weekend of discussions around the theme of revolution. From Russia in 1917 through to the Euromaidan in 2013/4 via the Industrial Revolution of the 19th and the Digital Revolution of the 20th and 21st centuries.
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