• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author

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Yes—this I hold to with devout insistence, Wisdom's last verdict goes to say: He only earns both freedom and existence. Who must reconquer them each day.

Goethe's Faust

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The hidden history of identity politics

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The meaninglessness of Charles Manson

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The rise of duty-free politics

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Populism and the European Culture Wars

Concern and hostility towards populism has become a distinctive feature of contemporary political culture. In Europe such concerns are frequently directed at Eurosceptics, whose opposition to the European Union is often portrayed as a cultural crime. Ancient anti-democratic claims about the gullibility, ignorance and irrationality of the masses are frequently recycled through the anti-populist condemnation of people who vote the wrong way.

This book argues that the current outburst of anti-populist anxiety is symptomatic of a loss of faith in democracy and in the ability of the demos to assume the role of responsible citizens. Distrust of the people and of parliamentary sovereignty is reinforced by the concern that, on its own, liberal democracy lacks the normative foundation to inspire the loyalty and affection of ordinary citizens. Through focusing on the conflict between the European Union’s Commission and the Government of Hungary, this book explores contrasting attitudes towards national sovereignty, popular sovereignty and the question of tradition and the past as the main drivers of the culture war in Europe.

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You can’t fine your way to free speech

Government plans to punish censorious universities miss the point.

The long plight of the right on campus

Why cheating has become the norm

The rise of ‘essay mills’ reflects the commodification of university.

Why I wrote a radical democratic defence of populism

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College students 'think freedom is not a big deal'

Frank talks to Reason‘s Nick Gillespie about his book, What’s Happened to the University? and the decline of free speech on campus.

Review: Not safe, just absurdly soft

Nick Cater reviews What's Happened to the University?

Review: Free thought under siege

The battle over microaggressions going on at our universities is both a symptom and a cause of malaise and strife in society at large, writes Daniel Shuchman.

Universities hand students soft toys, puppies and bubble wrap to ease stress

Cats are among the animals offered by universities to calm stressed students, reports Sian Griffiths.

Experts condemn removal of suicide from A-level sociology syllabus

One of the country’s best known sociologists has condemned an exam board’s decision to remove the topic of suicide from the A-level sociology syllabus.