Renoulf Foyer, MFC
Sunday, March 11
This Writers & Readers session was a straight-up lecture by British author, philosopher, public intellectual A C Grayling. The topic Democracy in Crisis coming from his latest work, Democracy And Its Crisis. He also spoke the previous night, although I missed that on the topic of Modern Minds in Politics.
A brilliant, engaged speaker, I’m sure Grayling could have talked for 55 minutes on the subject of Earl Grey tea and I’ve have been hooked.
But this was something else – a strong treatise for democracy and an innate understanding of its failings; how flawed it has been, across the years, leading of course to Trump. And Brexit.
But rather than dwell hugely on that, it was more an inevitable conclusion, Grayling walked us through democracy’s arrival and adoption with stopping-off points on both the political and philosophical sides.
He was witty as well as wise. Clever turns of phrase as well as the clever things he would say – that’s how I remember it.
Here’s a version of the lecture – it’s one he’s giving around the world at various festivals and appearances.
His book is now a must-read, added to my list. And this sold out session could have gone on for an hour or more after. Grayling filled the time and took just a few questions before he was politely reminded of curfew.
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