Listen to the debate from the Battle of Ideas festival 2019.
A recording of a debate at the Battle of Ideas festival on Sunday 3 November 2019.
The angry exchanges in parliament after the Supreme Court ruled against prorogation were typical of the ill-tempered discourse around Brexit. This year it was also deemed acceptable to ‘milkshake’ those you disagree with. Looking at a world seemingly filled with slurs, angry social-media comments, inflammatory remarks about migrants and nasty jibes about ‘gammons’ and ‘TERFs’, many commentators have called this an age of ‘toxic politics’. Should we lament a lost civility, or is the emergence of more forthright and angry disagreements in fact a good thing? What is the line between passionate disagreement and toxic bile? How can we find ways to disagree with other people constructively?
associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; co- founder, Manifesto Club; author, That Existential Leap: a crime story
journalist, writer and broadcaster; presenter, Radio 4’s FutureProofing and How to Disagree: a beginner’s guide to having better arguments
DR DEBORAH E LIPSTADT
professor of Holocaust Studies, Emory University, Atlanta; author, Antisemitism: here and now
executive director, Justitia, a Copenhagen based human-rights think tank; host and narrator, Clear and Present Danger: a history of free speech podcast
professor of educational entrepreneurship and policy, University of Buckingham; author, The Beautiful Tree
CHAIR: ALASTAIR DONALD
co-convenor, Battle of Ideas festival; convenor, Living Freedom
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