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Politics, Power and the People

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The Portico Library & Gallery

57 Mosley Street

Manchester

M2 3HY

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The political and social struggles that surrounded the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 and were nothing new. Those holding power sought to keep it, use it and would, on occasion, abuse it. Their opponents demanded a say in government, in the way their lives were organised, and how they might improve their lot in life by political action.

Peterloo was one tragic episode in that eternal struggle: reflecting a world of political hopes and ideas and it would, consciously or not, shape the political thoughts of generations to come.

Some of these ideas are the themes of a series of talks on politics and power.

The format is a 1 hour lecture followed by tea, cake and casual discussion.

‘The Devil’s disciple’: Niccolo Machiavelli and The Prince

Friday 23rd November 2018. 3.00-5.00pm

A ‘handbook for tyrants’ or a warning to the defenders of liberty, The Prince remains as controversial as when published in 1517. Its author held cynical – or realistic – views about human nature and politics. A diplomat, playwright, a wit of some distinction, and a loyal friend and loving family man, how did Machiavelli become a by-word for ruthlessness and cunning?

‘The Monster of Malmesbury’: Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan

Friday 25th January 2019. 3.00-5.00pm

Thomas Hobbes, a timid man, sought peace and order in the tumultuous seventeenth century. Strong government was his answer: to ‘hold every man in awe of it’. Otherwise violence, chaos predominates ‘… and the life of Man would be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short’. The author of Leviathan (1651) was vilified in his own time and neglected in ours. Why?

‘The High Priest of Liberalism’: John Stuart Mill and On Liberty

Friday 22nd February 2019. 3.00-5.00pm

Nineteenth century liberalism has enormous influence in our contemporary politics. Our discourse reflects the ideas summed up in Mill’s little book, On Liberty (1859): freedom of thought and speech (and its limits); individual rights; the role of the state in society; applying rational thought to social problems; and democracy and its limits. But is J.S. Mill’s liberalism relevant in today?


These events are delivered in partnership between History Inc. and The Portico Library.

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