Part of Lancaster Litfest 2020

In A. C. Grayling’s new publication The Good State he warns that ‘there is a ticking time-bomb at the heart of our representative democracy and in more than fifty countries around the world. The problem is as large and widespread as it is serious. Politics is too often the enemy of government – at least, of good government. We need proportional representation. We need to lower the voting age to 16. We need a written constitution. We need to separate the functions and powers of the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. Democracy is for all, not some.’

Join us for this intriguing talk at Lancaster Library as A. C. Grayling explores what ‘The Good State’ that the principles of democracy entail could look like.


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 more than thirty books of philosophy, biography, the history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, The Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of Humanists UK, Patron of the Defence Humanists, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying.

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