Politics has undergone a sea change. The world is swinging to populism, and the idea of liberalism has become, to many, the property of so-called elites.
New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik argues that ‘gangster-style authoritarianism’ menaces many nations from Russia and the US, to the Philippines and Hungary, while in the UK the Brexit vote shocked those who felt it symbolised the reversal of a momentum towards transnational openness.
Former Newsnight presenter and Change UK candidate Gavin Esler argues we are now living in a world where lies have become normalised. Can we engineer a return to Enlightenment values of reason and evidence-based discourse?
In conversation with Anne McElvoy, senior editor and head of Economist Radio London.
Anne McElvoy is a journalist and was Executive Editor of the Evening Standard and is currently with The Economist. She makes political documentaries and is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and BBC2’s Review Show.
Adam Gopnik has written for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism, and the George Polk Award for magazine reporting.
Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books.