For 60 years it had been assumed that capitalism was intertwined with liberal democracy – that the two not only thrived together but needed each other to survive. But what happens when both are undermined? John Kampfner, author of Freedom for Sale, discusses liberty with Ben Wilson, whose book What Price Liberty? takes us through four centuries of British, American and European history, showing not only how civil liberties were constructed in the past, but how they were continually rethought – and re-fought – in response to modernity. If liberty is to survive now, it must adapt, but it is up to us to agree upon the value we place on it.
John Kampfner is the author of three previous books including a biography of Robin Cook and the acclaimed Blair’s Wars, a devastating survey of the Prime Minister’s foreign policy. His latest book is Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty. He lives in London.
Ben Wilson was born in 1980 and studied history at Pembroke College, Cambridge – both as an undergraduate and postgraduate. His first book, The Laughter Of Triumph: William Hone and the Fight For The Free Press, was published by Faber in 2005 to universal acclaim. This was followed in 2007 by Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant 1789-1837.
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