How does the rise of populist and anti-emigrant movements in Europe look compared to personal ideological developments? Are we witnessing the collapse of liberalism? The discussion is an attempt for a talk beyond value and identity confrontations.
Radical changes are taking place in political landscapes of Europe and the world. In the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Germany and the United States, new anti-elite parties and candidates with almost no background are gaining broad support and winning elections, and in general dictating the political agenda. Their positions are varied – leaning both to the left and the right; but they champion a common criticism against traditional elites who have lost touch with the majority of "ordinary voters"'s concerns and interests. These new players have their fierce opponents, they are often called populist, there are public appeals for their exclusion from politics. After decades of skepticism and apathy, confrontation and passion are returning to the core of political life. The negative side of this trend towards highly conflicting identity politics is the narrowing space for conversation.
In this series we analyze without prejudice the ideological displacements in contemporary society and the the grounds a series of prominent public figures find for them. Why do politicians and intellectuals active in the first years of democratic changes are now rebelling against European elites? What turns a convinced pro-European into an advocate of Brexit? What changes in recent years have made such ideological shifts possible? What does it cost to leave the comfort zone of your own reference group, and whether this constitutes a "new dissidence"? Is it the end of liberalism's hegemony, and the end of the "End of History"? Moderator:
Dessislava Gavrilova, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate.The series „Ideological Trajectories: the New Dissidents" is organized by The Red House in partnership with the Europe-wide network of debating houses Time to Talk. The series is s
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