A. C. Grayling – Malvern Festival of Ideas
15th January, 2019
A.C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice President of the British Humanist Association. This talk is about the failure of the best political system we have: democracy. And it is about how to put it right. In at least two of its leading examples in today’s world, the United States and the United Kingdom, ‘representative democracy’ has been made to fail. Notice these words: ‘made to fail.’ Professor Grayling will argue that if the ideas that underlie the concept of representative democracy were properly and transparently applied, democracy would truly be, as Winston Churchill described it, ‘the least bad of all systems.’ But it has been made to fail by a combination of causes, all of them deliberate. He will explain the Trump election and the Brexit referendum in the light of what has happened to the West’s leading democratic systems.