Café Oto, London - 8:00pm 1st February 2011
Two of Britain's leading radical writers, Dan Hind and Richard Seymour, discuss Hind's new book, The Return of the Public - an eloquent analysis of how the public have come to be excluded from political participation and how to reclaim democracy from the ruling elites.
Our politicians – who in Britain are now carrying out a wholesale transformation of society without a democratic mandate – have ever-decreasing legitimacy. Our financiers – their huge corporate risks underwritten by the taxpayer – are literally and morally bankrupt. All this is done in our name, the public, yet we seem to have no genuine say in decision-making and no power to effect change. In The Return of the Public, Hind examines the mechanisms through which this has occurred and proposes a way forward for a new participatory politics, one based on a wholesale reform of the media. After the failure of the private, now is the time for the return of the public.
Dan Hind will be discussing these issues and their clear relevance to current events with Richard Seymour, author of The Liberal Defense of Murder and The Meaning of David Cameron. Seymour writes one of Britain's leading radical blogs, Lenin's Tomb.
18-22 Ashwin St
£5, £4 advance
Praise for The Return of the Public
"As the official culture of politics limps from scandal to corruption, Hind turns to the only thing that can save democracy: the people. Dan Hind has produced one of those rare books that transcend the world of discourse and become essential levers of historical change." - David Miller, co-author of A Century of Spin and professor of sociology at the University of Strathclyde
"If there is a future to look forward to, it will come from the invigorated public domain pictured by Dan Hind … This is a handbook for a very modern liberation struggle. Buy it and help set yourself free." - Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation and author of Tescopoly