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Synopsis for Thursday 13th August Morning One -Off course

Eternal Truths and Present Challenges


As with Caesar's Gaul, the morning is divided into three parts, with a short break between each part. Course begins at 10.30 and ends at 1pm

The first two sections are then subdivided into two, thus giving us five topics for the morning.


We begin by looking at two recent trends in society:- Shopping moving away from the High Street to Online. History tells us that the way we buy goods has always been changing according to the historical context of the times, and change is not to be feared but embraced. Then we take a look at the Industrial Revolution's creation of The Office. As we move into a post Industrial Society the need for a Victorian/Dickensian 'Office' is declining and we are cautiously returning to a home based pre-industrial world.


Our second section deals with two of the global changes all societies are now facing. Firstly, the resurgence of international tension which has been described both as A New Cold War and as a New Great Game. Who are the players and has the conflict altered ? All this noise is silenced, or should be, by the greater global threat to our environment and the question of the long term sustainability of human life on earth. Is this merely an issue for The Left or does the Right have a view too? What answers are there? Are those answers merely in the hands of politicians or can ordinary citizens take action ?


Our final section looks at one topic only, viz the future of Liberal Democracy and the increasing threat to it of Populism and Authoritarianism. This is not just about Trump and the direction being taken by The States, but of Poland and Hungary within the EU, and - publish it not in the streets of Askelon - maybe of ourselves too.


Hopefully, there will be something for everyone to chew over. I have enjoyed preparing the morning and hope to share some of my enthusiasm with you.


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