Brexit, the rise of populist politics and cries for radical reform grace our headlines on a daily basis. Britain faces huge challenges: inequality, public services under constant pressure, climate change – and in the long term the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence. At the same time, the political and economic elite seem to have reached an impasse: there is a sense that things can only get worse. In his new book, Why Capitalists Need Communists: The Politics of Flourishing, Charles Seaford demonstrates that radical, progressive change is possible and that the polarisation and nostalgia afflicting us is not inevitable.
At this discussion event, Charles Seaford and Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy, will reflect on 19th-century thinker John Ruskin’s work in relation to these themes, and turn the questions back out to the audience for a conversation on what it means to flourish and how we get there.
Part of A Future Fantastic Festival.
The cafe/bar and the People’s Palace of Possibility installation will be open half an hour before each event.
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