• 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 EU’s culture war against the people

Populist movements like UKIP expose the EU’s estrangement from everyday life.

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First World War: Still No End in Sight

That the conflicts unleashed by Great War did not end in 1918 is well known. World War II and the Cold War clearly constitute key moments in the drama that began in August 1914. This book argues that the battle of ideas which crystallised during the course of the Great War continue to the present. It claims that the disputes about lifestyles and identity - the Culture Wars of today -are only the latest expressions of a century long conflict.

There are many influences that contributed to the outbreak of World War One. One significant influence was the cultural tension and unease that disposed significant numbers of artists, intellectuals and young people to regard the War as an opportunity give meaning to their existence. Later these tensions merged with social unrest and expressed themselves through the new ideologies of the Left and the Right. While these ideologies have become exhausted the conflicts of culture persist to this date. That is why there is Still No End In Sight for the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914.

Modern wars did not only lead to the loss of millions of lives. Wars also played a significant role in changing attitudes towards the political ideals of modern time. The Great War called into question the future of liberal democracy. It led to the emergence of radical ideologies, which were in turn discredited through the experience of the Second World War and the Cold War. The current Culture Wars have significantly eroded the status of the values associated with modernity.

Through exploring the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914 - First World War: Still No End In Sight provides a framework for understanding the changing focus of political conflict from ideology to culture.

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Academic freedom is a big deal

The pursuit of truth is more important than lecturers’ or students’ feelings.

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Challenging the myth that the referendum renewed UK democracy.

Europa en het populisme: Gehaktballen zijn politiek

Jean-Claude Juncker presenteerde vorige week een nieuwe, minder technocratische Europese Commissie. Dat is een goed idee, want miljoenen Europeanen reageren op de antidemocratische en technocratische regeringsstijl van de Europese oligarchie door het populisme te omarmen.

Where are the defenders of the union?

Scottish referendum: our leaders have gone AWOL from the battle of ideas.

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Is nothing private anymore?

Today, private space is increasingly subject to public scrutiny. Where does the public domain start and end? Is a culture of transparency and revelation creating a refreshingly open society or a tyranny with nowhere to hide? This keynote debate also features David Aaronovitch of The Times, author and entrepreneur Andrew Keen, and Christine Rosen of the New America Foundation.

Review: First World War: Still No End in Sight

By Damian Howard SJ.

Jihadister indtager de sociale medier

Den militante gruppe IS er ikke bare jihadister og terrorister. Via de sociale medier har gruppen skabt sig et frygtindgydende brand, som også fascinerer unge danskere – nogle med tilknytning til salafistiske grupperinger herhjemme, andre der ikke er særligt religiøse. Og det er ikke så underligt, siger forskere, for Vesten har selv fremelsket det dystopiske syn på samtiden som korrupt og dekadent, som ekstremismen er en reaktion på.

Growing up independent is illegal? Mom arrested in US for letting nine-year-old daughter play alone

The arrest and jailing of a South Carolina mother who let her nine-year-old daughter play alone at a park has sparked a fresh debate about North American anxieties — and judgments on parents when it comes to supervision and safety, writes Sarah Boesveld.

The rise and rise of the boomerang generation

Record number of young people still live with their parents as they struggle to buy a home. By Jack Doyle, political correspondent.