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Tariq Ali

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

Festival of Ideas/
Mon 09 March 2015

Tariq Ali

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

Ali, Tariq (credit Nina Subin) high res_safe_save_144630
Mon 09 March 2015,

Tariq Ali asks what is the point of elections? The result is always the same: a victory for the Extreme Centre. Since 1989, politics has become a contest to see who can best serve the needs of the market, a competition now fringed by unstable populist movements. The same catastrophe has taken place in the US, Britain, Continental Europe and Australia.

Ali looks at the people and the events that have informed this moment of political suicide: corruption in Westminster; the failures of the EU and NATO; the soft power of the American Empire that dominates the world stage uncontested. He goes in search of alternative futures, finding promise in the Bolivarian revolutions of Latin America and at the edges of Europe. Emerging parties in Scotland, Greece and Spain, formed out of the 2008 crisis, are offering new hope for democracy.

Join Britain’s leading radical as he delivers an eviscerating attack on the political elite of the UK.

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