The dangerous rise of anti-democracy

“The spread of discontent, disengagement and disaffection across Western societies has revealed the yawning chasm between power and the people…The reaction against this discontent has brought the historical fear and loathing of the masses bubbling back to the surface. Demos-phobia is back in fashion” (Mick Hume)

In the first East Midlands Salon of 2017 Tom Slater, deputy editor of Spiked and the co-ordinator of the Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR), will lead a discussion on the anti-democratic turn that is increasingly apparent among politicians, businessmen and women, journalists, academics and the what is still called the ‘left’. The Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of new populist movements has struck fear into the hearts of the political classes. Their hatred of ordinary people – the ignorant uneducated masses – has become vitriolic.

Our question is: “How do we reclaim the belief in democracy when so many fear that dark forces of ignorance, xenophobia and racism are on the rise?”

Chair: Christopher Lynch  

Date, Time and Venue: Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 7PM in the Parlour of The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU (Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016)

Entry: £3 (waged) £2 (unwaged) – a contribution towards costs.

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