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Vive la Revolution:

Liberty, equality & fraternity today

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  • The Debate

    Vive la Revolution

    What do the principles of the French revolution mean to us today? Do liberty, equality, fraternity still have a guiding role to play in European politics, or has our complex, globalised present rendered these ideals redundant? If so, what should replace them?

    The Panel

    Radio 3's Katie Derham asks columnist Minette Marrin, economist Anatole Kaletsky, historian Neal Ascherson and political theorist Maurice Glasman to reassess the Englightenment's sacred principles.

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  • Minette Marrin
    The Pitch
    Sorority and the trifecta of liberty, equality and fraternity
  • Neal Ascherson
    The Pitch
    Revolution is a state of mind
  • Anatole Kaletsky
    The Pitch
    We are currently in the middle of a revolution
  • Maurice Glasman
    The Pitch
    Revolutions are abhorrent and impossible
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Revolutionary ideals today
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Revolutionary ideasl tomorrow
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Studio5 on 26/11/2014 10:41am

First job will be to demonstrate that there are Politicians with clear ideals worth voting for.

Currently (in the UK) one third of the eligible people vote - Majority Governments are formed with 35% of that third- therefore any contemporary Government empowers itself with only 11.6% of the overall peoples permission - It's a recipe ripe for social disaster.

Emmy on 16/04/2013 10:53am

Who's democracy? What about sorority? Democracy has universal aspirations so it's worth having a closer look at the values that define it. And why follow these in particular? There's a risk they aren't valid in every society or that they're even outdated. Not to mention the chance that some global movements may have come to replace it and put the emphasis on opportunities and potential rather than equality.

Helene on 11/04/2013 2:32pm

Liberte, egalite, fraternite, are not universal values, they are the 3 principles of democracy; that's why we have to keep pursuing their true realisation.

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