TUESDAY JULY 25 2023, 6PM BST
Politics In The Age Of Chaos With Rafael Behr and Jonathan Freedland
Do you ever turn away from the news in despair? Do you scroll through social media and come away feeling angry, frustrated and fearful? Have you given up on the idea that a level of sanity might ever be restored to our politics? If so, acclaimed political commentator Rafael Behr has a message for you, and on July 25 he comes to Intelligence Squared to talk about his new book Politics: A Survivor’s Guide: How to Stay Engaged without Getting Enraged.
In conversation with fellow political journalist Jonathan Freedland he will discuss what he sees as the failures at the heart of our democracy. He will explore the rise of what he calls ‘Brexit Bolsheviks’ on the Right and ‘grievance miners’ on the Left, and shed light on the phenomenon of ‘outrage inflation’, examining how social media impacts contemporary political discourse. And rather than succumbing to extremes or giving up in despair he will urge us to stay engaged in our politics and find a way forward through gradual improvement.