THE LAST DITCH An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about liberty in Britain
One Europe for all, including murderers
More skirmishes in the Battle of Ideas

The pillow fight of ideas

I am spending this weekend at the Battle of Ideas at the Barbican. It got off to a bad start for me with a session on equality that was more like the deep graveyard peace of a single idea than a battle. Four leftists set out possible views of equality, all favourable, and concluded that "everyone" agreed it was good and we needed more of it for the sake of our mental health because envy apparently drives them mad. Who knew?

A token non-Leftist offered a slightly different view and the chairman declared (with no hint of irony) that every possible idea had been expressed. I was ready to throw myself off one of the Barbican's ugly balconies in despair for the future of my ideologically-blinkered nation, but later sessions on social media and lobbying (while tainted by the usual Downton Abbey snobbery about "trade" expressed in fake Estuary English) were marginally more interesting.

More posts will follow. If any of you are here come over and say "hi" to the two metre tall guy in the blue jacket with a big camera case on his shoulder and an iPad in his hand.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


What were the "views of equality"?

Did anyone stop long enough to define what equality was?


I suspect you would enjoy it. Take a look at the programme. I will decide in the morning if I am up to another day of it.

Richard Carey

This event sounds good, but escaped my attention until this moment. Are you going tomorrow? Is it worth attending tomorrow only?

The comments to this entry are closed.