Update: here is the Presentation Rebuilding Liberalism and Transcript [FSN RB back story GS Note_20191129_1339_otter.ai].
Rebuilding Liberalism: Social Justice with Individual Freedom
Presentation to the Foresight Group, 29 November 2019 [1:30 to 4:00 in DMS 7170]
Abstract: Here are the slides for this Friday – FSN Nov 29 Rebuilding Liberalism. As they show, Guy will be using the material in his book to focus on the more general problem of the Western adaptation to industrialization mainly from 1815-1950 although obviously a lot happened before and after – which will inevitably touch upon. The main point of the presentation is to underline the enormous scale of the transformation involved – a complete civilizational makover – and the quality of the IQ (high) and leadership (varying from inspiring to horrifyingly destructive) the North Atlantic region including Germany brought to different aspects of the problem. He will go beyond the book to introduce some theories of technology and in particular the McLuhan et al on media and culture. This will hopefully set up a discussion about our current readiness for the completion of the digital revolution – or at least the next stages of it. In the process, Guy will also discuss the book’s solution to the general problem of liberalism’s incompleteness – namely a focus on the quality of civil society. Following the presentation, we will spend an hour or so to address the problematique of framing scenarios for the digital impact we are currently experiencing and for its impending acceleration over the next 10 years.
Here is a image of the front cover: