On dangerous ideas to change the world

A recent episode of Q&A, filmed during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, dispensed with the most-usual band of dull politicians and instead hosted Peter Hitchens and Germaine Greer (a regular guest on the show), as well as two lesser minds – Hanna Rosin and Dan Savage. (Incidentally, I’ve never seen Tony Jones, who normally does a stellar job, moderate the discussion as poorly as he did. An off night for Tony.) As each guest responded to questions on subjects as diverse as the collapse of Western civilization, internet hook ups, women’s liberation, conservative politics and the permanence (or otherwise) of marriage in the ‘modern’ world, it became startlingly obvious that not only was Hitchens by far the best student of history on the panel but that he was also the only one who seems to hae a scoobie about the moral realities that give shape to such.

The final question, which came from Lisa Malouf, in more ways than one elicited the most revealing responses. The question was: ‘Which so-called dangerous idea do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if were implemented?’

Here are the responses:

The entire episode, which is worth watching, can be downloaded here.

One comment

  1. Never mind that there are now more Christians in the world than ever before both as a percentage of the total human population and in total numbers.
    Never mind that the world is saturated with Christian propaganda of all kinds in both electronic and paper forms, including the Bible. TV, radio, blogs, websites, DVD’s etc.
    Never mind that there now more Christian schools and unversities in the world than ever before.
    Never mind that there are now more Christian missionaries that ever before infesting (or trying to) every last square inch of the planet.

    And yet the world is becoming more and more insane every day. Indeed some of the leading edge and most powerful vectors of this now universal psychosis are right-wing Christians, the sort that associate with the Manhattan Declaration, First Things, National Review, and the American Spectator.

    The sort of people of humorless double-minded puritans people that write dim-witted books like The Rage Against God


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