Borderline

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Liberalism – a belief in the primacy of individual liberty – has built modern democracies. Now it’s in an existential crisis, caught between rising authoritarianism and identity politics. I look back and ahead for liberals with British political journalist Ian Dunt.

Show Notes

Liberalism – a belief in the primacy of individual liberty – has built modern democracies. Now it’s in an existential crisis, caught between rising authoritarianism and identity politics. I look back and ahead for liberals with British political journalist Ian Dunt.

00:14 Intro
01:24 Another TCK childhood
04:19 Why write a book that goes back 400 years?
08:48 What is a liberal?
14:16 How liberalism failed to stand for the liberty of most individuals
19:28 Identity politics are both a threat and a gift
23:00 How to become a Borderline member
23:41 “The people” does not exist
27:44 Can liberalism make room for tribalism? 
30:18 The immigrant’s whisper of loneliness
32:37 How liberalism survives the pandemic
36:11 Outro

📚 How to Be a Liberal, Ian Dunt, Canbury Press, 2020. On sale here.
Ian’s podcasts are Oh God, What Now? and The Bunker. His writing is on politics.co.uk and on Twitter.
Music by Ofshane.

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What is Borderline?

Borderline is a podcast for defiant global citizens. It believes in openness, discovery and compassion. It resists outrage and seeks wonder. Prosaically, the podcast discusses geopolitics, immigration and lives that straddle borders. If you leave home to get home, Borderline is for you.