Martin Bright is former political editor of the JC and a former political editor of the New Statesman. He is founder of the youth employment charity The Creative Society.
Democracy at Risk
Our panel discussed the threats to democracy. In Freedom for Sale John Kampfner explores the widespread surrender of freedom for stability and wealth. Eric Kaufmann in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? examines the implications of the rise of religious conservatism and fanaticism; and Dominique Moïsi, in the Geopolitics of Emotion, shows how the world is now divided along different emotional fault-lines, fear being the dominant feeling in the West.
The Jewish people have always been a disputatious lot. In the contemporary British Jewish community, issues such as attitudes to Israel, antisemitism, Jewish practice and schooling can be deeply divisive. Debates in the Jewish community can often be bitter, angry and alienating. So how can Jews maintain a sense of community and people-hood in the face of such differences? Can a more civil discourse replace some of the angry accusations and counter-accusations? Four very different panellists v...
Worth Dying For?
One of the finest geopolitical analysts of our day, bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall, examines the relationship between flags, national identity and nationalism. In conversation with journalists Martin Bright and Simon Kuper, Marshall analyses what these symbols represent and how they relate to the renewed sense of nationalism in China, the troubled identities in Europe and the USA, and the international potency and threat of Islamic State. Drawing on more than 25 ye...
The West has seen a rising tide of populist and anti-political feeling, resulting in Brexit and Trump. Eliane Glaser scrutinises this new wave of populism, looking at how we got here and where we’re going, advocating the need to return to three pillars of political philosophy that have become dirty words: ideology, authority, and the state.