The crisis of liberalism

Date: Sunday 21st October
Time: 15:00 - 16:45
Location: Student Central, Upper Hall
Speaker: Ben Gliniecki

In November 2016, American voters dispatched “the electoral equivalent of a suicide bomber to Washington”, according the Financial Times. Only months before, the British public had delivered a shocking blow to the European establishment by voting by a narrow majority to leave the European Union.

Today, nationalist parties across Europe are rising in the polls and a series of constitutional crises are opening up in Italy, Brazil and Britain (of course). These are again highlighting the weakness of the liberal political and economic order that, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, had been considered by many to be indestructible.

But what exactly is liberalism? Why is it now in retreat? And why should we care? In this session, Ben Gliniecki will consider these questions and discuss the possibility of a new world order based on the democratic power of the working class.

Recommended reading: The death of liberalism