The Road to Somewhere w/ David Goodhart20 May 2017 – 16:30
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 argues that the ‘Somewhere’ backlash is a democratic response to the dominance of ‘Anywhere’ interests in everything from mass higher education to mass immigration and the EU. He explores the political and moral intuitions that are sharply dividing Brexit Britain, and proposes a new political settlement.
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