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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.

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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.

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