The populist moment: how to respond? (14 Dec 2016)

Leeds Taking Soundings’ next Readers’ Meeting will examine the new populism, focusing on Brexit in the UK and Trump in the US, but other countries will no doubt come into focus too.

For the meeting, we will have read this article by Chantal Mouffe (on populism), this article by Paul Mason (on Brexit) and this article by Zymunt Bauman (on Trump).

We welcome anyone who would like to join in an open-ended discussion. No charge.

The discussion will start at 7.30pm and end at 9pm (or earlier if we dry up). Then anyone who feels like a festive drink will repair to a nearby hostelry.

It’s on Wednesday 14th December. The discussion will be at Leeds Becket University’s city centre campus, in the Portland building, room 408. [CC PD408] This is best accessed through the huge glass doors on Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Dry Dock pub. There should be a helpful security person at the desk on your right. If not, walk past the library and the Grumpy Mule cafe area, down two flights of steps to the lifts on your left. Up to the fourth floor, room 408. This web-page might help.

 

Readers’ meeting on Paul Mason’s ‘Postcapitalism’ 16 Nov

Leeds Taking Soundings Readers’ Meetings

Monday, November 16th (2015)

6PM in Broadcasting Place AG10 (opposite the Fenton pub).

Paul Mason’s new book, Postcapitalism, has attracted a lot of attention, and deservedly so.

From the publishers blurb: “In this groundbreaking book Mason shows how, from the ashes of the recent financial crisis, we have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable global economy. Moving beyond capitalism, he shows, is no longer a utopian dream. This is the first time in human history in which, equipped with an understanding of what is happening around us, we can predict and shape, rather than simply react to, seismic change.”

The Leeds Taking Soundings group wants to provide an opportunity to discuss what the book is about and how relevant it is.

Postcapitalism has already attracted a lot of discussion. For this discussion we want participants to have read the lengthy piece by Paul entitled ‘The End of Capitalism Has Begun’ in The Guardian from July: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/17/postcapitalism-end-of-capitalism-begun

Paul is also speaking at Leeds Beckett University on Saturday, November 6th in a day event put on by the Centre for Culture and the Arts: 10:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 21:00 at the Rose Bowl. With Alex Nunn, Peter Knight and Nicky Marsh also speaking.