Is Social Democracy Dead?

A conversation between two highly regarded thinkers explores what is happening in Australia and other western countries in terms of economic, social and cultural values.


Frank Bongiorno and Brian Howe

Frank Bongiorno and Brian Howe

The recent federal election in Australia delivered a decisive, if surprising, result. A campaign based on equality and fairness failed to cut through. Certainly there were marked differences in the results in different parts of the country, but overall something many commentators had not expected happened. Perhaps we should have expected to be surprised. After all, Britain has abandoned union with Europe, a union born of hope for equality and peace following two catastrophic wars, and Americans chose Donald Trump! Is it time to face the reality of self-interested materialism and accept that lofty philosophical values like social democracy are fanciful?

You are invited to participate when Brian Howe engages Professor Frank Bongiorno in what promises to be a lively conversation.

Frank Bongiorno AM is Professor of History and Head of the School of History, ANU
Frank Bongiorno is an academic historian and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia. He is the author of numerous publications on Australian history, including The People’s Party: Victorian Labor and the Radical Tradition 1875-1915 (MUP1996) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (Black Inc.2015)

Brian Howe AO was a Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia in the Hawke and Keating Governments. His life has been devoted to researching, writing and advocating for a better society, one that benefits all citizens. He used his roles as a Minister of the Uniting Church and as a prominent political leader to pursue these objectives. Brian currently holds an honorary professorial position at the University of Melbourne.

 

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