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Thursday 12 March, Rob Lyons

Resisting wokeness

Listen to the discussion between Andrew Doyle and Douglas Murray at the Battle of Ideas festival 2019

As the old saying goes, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’. While social-justice activists are generally decent people, many commentators argue they exhibit all the tendencies of a cult: unshakeable certainty, a desire to convert the fallen while rejecting the idea of redemption, and capable of horrendous acts even though they see themselves as ‘the good guys’. The authors of two recent books on the ‘woke’ phenomenon, Douglas Murray and Andrew Doyle, consider their different approaches to critiquing woke activism. Given that the social justice movement is seemingly impervious to reason, will either of these strategies have any impact?

HOSTED BY:
ANDREW DOYLE
writer and comedian; author, Titania McGrath’s Woke: a guide to social justice

GUEST:
DOUGLAS MURRAY
author, The Madness of Crowds: gender, race and identity; journalist; columnist; associate editor, Spectator

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