Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere

9th Feb 2012; 13:00

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2011 saw the world face a wave of uprisings, protests and revolutions: Arab dictators were swept away, public spaces were occupied, street protests turned into riots - and whether the oppressive rule of a tyrant or the inequality of hypercapitalism - the occupying system was passionately rejected. Events we were told were consigned to history - democratic revolt and social revolution - have suddenly been experienced by millions of people.

Acclaimed BBC journalist and author of 'Meltdown' Paul Mason visits the RSA to explore the causes and consequences of this great unrest. From Cairo to Athens, Wall Street and Westminster to Manila, Mason will examine the changes in society, technology and human behaviour that have propelled a generation onto the streets in search of social justice.

These events, Mason will argue, reflect the expanding power of the individual and call for new political alternatives to elite rule and global poverty.

Chair: John Harris, journalist and author.

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