The Guardian: Identity politics with Francis Fukuyama and Pankaj Mishra

Date 14/10/2018 Total price, inc booking fee £20+BF Time 19:00 Age restrictions 16+

Join us for an evening with two of our most influential and provocative political writers, as they talk to the Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead about the shifting place of identity in modern politics.

In Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay “The End of History?” he said that the downfall of communism and the spread of globalisation would be the vehicle for liberal democracy to become “the final form of human government”. In his new book, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, Fukuyama argues that democracy is in decay, at risk because of the rise of authoritarian states, Brexit, and Donald Trump’s presidential election.

Political essayist Pankaj Mishra has described the election of Trump as “the biggest political earthquake of our times”; a symptom of a wider global disorder. In Age of Anger: A History of the Present, he examines the methods authoritarian leaders use to manipulate the discontent of furious majorities.

Join us in discussion with Fukuyama and Mishra about the vulnerability of democracy in these turbulent times. Can modern politics cope with our increasingly fractured sense of political and cultural identities, or can we shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy?

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.