Festival of Ideas May 2017
The Road to Somewhere
Greater economic and cultural openness in the West has not worked for all citizens. A populist politics of culture and identity has risen to challenge the traditional politics of left and right among those who've benefitted least, creating a new division: between the mobile 'achieved' identity of the people from Anywhere, and the more marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere. This value divide helps to account for the Brexit vote in Britain, the election of Donald Trump, the decline of the centre-left, and the rise of populism across Europe.
David Goodhart is the founding editor of Prospect magazine. He is currently head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think-tank Policy Exchange and was previously director of the centre-left think-tank Demos. His book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration (2013) was runner-up for the Orwell Prize in 2014 and was a finalist for ‘Political Book of the Year’ in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards. The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics is his latest book. Follow him on Twitter @David_Goodhart
Followed by a book signing.