By The RSA
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The podcast from the RSA investigating the political and cultural forces driving us further apart. Presented by the RSA's Matthew Taylor and the author of 'Born Liars' and 'Curious', Ian Leslie. New episodes fortnightly.
||CleanTalking to the Enemy, with Michael Sandel & Maria Exner||If we want to understand the other side – to bridge divides, or even persuade people we disagree with to think differently – what’s the best way to do that?||13 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCould a citizens' jury help break the Brexit deadlock?||Matthew Taylor sets out the case for citizens' juries. With James Fishkin and David Runciman.||17 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIdentity, with Francis Fukuyama||The author of 'The End of History' gives his take on the rise of identity politics.||23 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe psychology of tribalism, with Jonathan Haidt||Is tribalism an indelible part of human nature? And if it is, can we overcome it?||6 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStories, Myths and Belonging||We review a turbulent week in UK politics, plus a new 'theory of everything'.||21 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs democracy failing?||Is democracy under attack? How worried should we be? With Niheer Dasandi and Eliane Glaser.||31 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNervous States, with Will Davies||Have feelings taken over the world? With author of 'Nervous States', William Davies.||18 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnger, with Claire Fox||Anger is all the rage in our politics, but is anger itself the problem? With Claire Fox.||23 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Media and Echo Chambers||Is it really true that we all live in our own echo chambers? With Sílvia Majó-Vázquez.||25 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInequality and Generation Wealth, with Faiza Shaheen & Lauren Greenfield||Are economic divides to blame for everything else that’s broken in our society? With Faiza Shaheen and Lauren Greenfield.||27 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Internet Culture Poisoned Politics, with Whitney Phillips||Has the dark side of the internet hijacked the White House? With Whitney Phillips.||20 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSilicon Valley's Persuasion Machine||Can companies like Cambridge Analytica really swing elections and referendums? With Chris Sumner and Martin Moore.||11 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiberals and Authoritarians||Have we become a nation of two tribes – liberals vs authoritarians? With political sociologist Paula Surridge.||17 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer||The RSA's Matthew Taylor and the author of 'Born Liars' and 'Curious', Ian Leslie, investigate the forces driving us further apart.||11 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Highly inspiring podcast that genuinely makes one feel more like home on Adam street
Polarised - Is democracy failing
If the point of this ‘polarised’ series is to understand better why we are so polarised and hence ‘break down and heal the polarisation’ - then we need to understand both polarised sides. The intellectual liberal elite preaching is not the answer - just self indulgence. That is how this podcast comes across unfortunately.
There was no represention from the side that believes that real democracy ( and 21st century enlightenment ) is at last happening - election of non-politician Trump - Brexit driven by Farage etc.
The darling Obama failed because he was a great orator preaching to the converted but could not meet and resolve issues ‘over a pint’ with opponents.
True democratic ‘ mass people power’ decisions are not based on intellectual reasoned analysis but on gut feel. Not based on facts but on perceptions.
The liberal elite have driven things for recent decades and totally ignored the left behind masses - simply considering their thinking to be ignorant and wrong. We are proud of the liberal advances of past decades but these liberal elite reforms have advanced too fast thereby fertilising the growing aggrevation of the masses. It has all been about ‘my right to be happy’ without any ‘my responsibility to my community’. Yes abolition of slavery was won by lengthy debate amongst the ruling classes - tomorrow’s big changes are likely to be driven by whipping up the masses with simple perceptions and tribalism.
Please RSA let’s try and heal this polarisation - it is likely to require compromises and slow steps - even if the future holds some helpful real big crises.