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Battle of Ideas Stockholm

lördag 14 november 2015
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Varje år samlas flera av Storbritanniens främsta samhällsdebattörer på Barbican i London för debattfestivalen Battle of Ideas. Lördagen den 14 november presenterar Forum/Debatt och Kulturhuset Stadsteatern för andra året i rad exklusivt Battle of Ideas Stockholm!

I tre brännande debatter diskuteras några av samtidens största frågor: migration, ojämlikhet och drogpolitik. Bland de medverkande finns framstående svenska och internationella samhällsdebattörer som ekonomen Vicky Pryce, journalisten Brendan O’Neill, författarna och debattörerna Laurie Penny, Kajsa Ekis-Ekman och Magnus Linton, ekonomiprofessorn Magnus Henrekson samt advokaten och asylrättsexperten Ignacio Vita. Samtliga debatter hålls på engelska och bygger till stor del på publikmedverkan. 

Battle Of Ideas festival returns to Stockholm for a satelite event at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern on the 14th of november. This year we are hosting debates on three equaly burning topics, with prominent speakers from both sweden and abroad.

Migrants, refugees and borders: who is ‘deserving’ and who should decide?

The arrival of thousands of refugees from Syria into Europe has put the debate about immigration and right of asylum at the centre of European politics. And as the continuing popularity ofparties like the Sweden Democrats, UKIP and the True Finns shows, immigration is a fraught political issue in Europe today that goes beyond the refugee crisis. Does immigration, from either within Europe or from beyond, help or hinder the economies of those countries migrants go to – or does that question miss the point? Right of asylum from persecution is a universal human right which the EU has agreed to through various conventions – which are the practical steps needed to be taken for Europe to honour its committments?

Brendan O'Neill, editor Spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

Vicky Pryce, chief economic adviser, CEBR; former joint head, Government Economic Services; author, Greekonomics

Ignacio Vita, lawyer specialising in migration law, EC law and right of asylum

Magnus Henrekson, professor in economics and managing director of Swedish IFN (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics) ; author and public debater.

Chair: Nathalie Rothschild, freelance journalist; producer and reporter for Sweden's public service radio.

Should we really be worried about inequality?

US President Obama has called inequality ‘the defining issue of our time’. Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, has linked inequality to the rise of the far-right, claiming ‘the increasing support of the Swedish Democrats is not a result of growing racism or even widespread xenophobia, but rather a result of wider and wider gaps in society’.
Should we be as worried about inequality as we are about poverty? Does inequality have effects on society that go beyond material disadvantage? And why have politicians become so keen on tackling inequality today?

Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics writer; author, Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

Kajsa Ekis Ekman, journalist; author, Being and Being Bought; member of Centre for Marxist Studies, Stockholm

Laurie Penny, author and journalist, frequent contributor The Guardian and Orwell Prize nominee.

Fredrik Segerfeldt,  writer; author, Den nya jämlikheten : global utveckling från Robin Hood till Botswana; co-founder, Migro.

Alan Miller, chairman Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Europe’s changing drug laws: morality, liberty and health

Across the Western world, attitudes towards illegal drugs appear to be slowly softening.  But in some countries, like Sweden, there is a zero-tolerance approach to drugs. What is the right aim for policy makers and how should we think of drugs morally? Is it wrong to criticise those who prefer to get ‘wasted’ than getting on with life?

Isobel Hadley-Kamptz is a swedish journalist and author who published the essay book Frihet och fruktan: Tankar om en ny liberalism in 2011.

Professor Fred Nyberg, senior professor in biological research on drug addiction, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University

Brendan O'Neill,  editor Spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

Chair: Rob Lyons, science and technology director, Institute of Ideas

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12.00: Intros for the day
12.10-13.30: Migrants, refugees and borders: who is ‘deserving’ and who should decide?
13.30-14.15: Lunch
14.15-15.30 :Should we really be worried about inequality?
15.30-15.45: Coffee break / changeover
15.45-17.00: Europe’s changing drug laws: morality, liberty and health

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