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English Debate Club

This week's topic:

 A new world order

The communist bloc collapsed two and a half decades ago, and Pax americana looks more and more challenged, as an example some EU countries seem unwilling to toe the American line in the Ukraine conflict.

China is on the rise and Russia has a top notch military and is not afraid to use it. We are likely to see upheavals and changes in many places of the world. Let's peer into the future to see what will happen, and for the second hour, what principles do you think would make the ride safer?

As a starting point, I am going to write down my own reflections on the future, listed as seven concepts:

• De-colonialization

• Demographics

• De-financialization

• Isolation from liberal ideas

• Technology that is out of control (e.g. climate change)

• Internet - The continued spread of liberal ideas and free trade

• Western weakness

Here is an explanation of each

De-colonialization

Many countries in Africa and in Asia have borders defined by colonial powers. These borders often do not follow ethnic or religious lines. In some cases, there will be attempts to redraw these borders. Nationalism and religion will be dominating forces in these areas.

Demographics

Africa is on the rise, while Europe and Japan are in decline, population wise. United States is stable to growing.

De-financialization

A complex system of overlending and debt will collapse. Furthermore the process of quantitative easing (printing money and giving it to banks) have created richer rich people.

Isolation from liberal ideas

Under the guise of nationalism or religion, some regions will shun market economies, human rights and freedom of expression. This is however not new.

Technology out of control (e.g. climate change)

There will be a strain on food production due to unexpected draughts and rain periods, sea levels may rise that will force people to relocate. Air travel may spread diseases quickly and genetic manipulation may create power ful life forms that replicate and disturb the world's eco system beyond repair.

Internet - The continued spread of liberal ideas and free trade

The Internet will continue to spread ideas and freedom of expression to more and more people

Western weakness

The west will not run the show any more, at least not alone (although one should not underestimate the technological and organizational capabilities of the west). 

Directions to the place

Inside the café:

Go into the far (deepest) corner in the café. Go right into the wall there. Not kidding, go right into the wall. On your left there is then a staircase leading down. Some people are still unable to find the staircase, if you are one of them, just ask the staff to show you where the basement is. We are downstairs.

By metro + bus:

Take a bus from Slussen. 3 (towards Södersjukhuset) or 76 (towards Norra Hammarbyhamnen), get off at the second stop after Slussen (Åsögatan), turn right and walk 1 minute down Bondegatan. You'll see the café in front of you, at the end of the block.

By metro + walking:

Closest Metro station is "Medborgarplatsen", and the address of the café is Nytorgsgatan 38. If you look near the top of this page you will see this address, and if you click the name of the Café, a map should appear.

On that map, locate the big street "Folkungagatan" north of the Café, and trace it to the west until you see a "T" in a circle. That is the metro station "Medborgarplatsen".

From the main railway station:

For if you arrive with a suburban train (pendeltåg) or a long distance train. Grab bus 59 from outside of World trade center at the top level of the station (Klarabergsviadukten) and get off the bus at the Bondegatan stop.

The English Debate Club:

Challenge and improve your English skills with lively discussions and debates!  Sometimes we stick to debate format, other times it evolves into a general discussion.

Participants are welcome to prepare beforehand or wing it - but everyone will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion.

Focus will be on crafting arguments in English, phrasing for emphasis and expanding vocabulary at an advanced level.  Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills very welcome also!

It's okay to interject and to reply directly as long as it does not get out of hand (in which case a speaker's list will be more strictly enforced). People who have not spoken much get precedence.

If you just like to sit and listen that is fine too. For the few who really like to talk at length: You may be interrupted and asked for clarification, or it may be pointed out that you're repeating yourself.

First hour is usually a bit more free form, looking at the subject from different angles, and then we may home in on specifics more during the second hour

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  • Mega A.

    Great people .great informations .love you guys ..hope I'll see u all next week 

    1 · August 19, 2014

  • Lin L.

    Guys, got a longer working day than expected so can't make it today...will join next one instead.

    August 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would be very late, so can't be there today. See you next time.

    August 19, 2014

  • Sharon G.

    Hi, I'm so tired and was going to change my RSVP. but after reading the content I think to myself no way I have to be there and hear from you :)

    2 · August 19, 2014

    • Sharon G.

      off work from Kista. Hurry on my way

      1 · August 19, 2014

  • Jorgen

    As a starting point, I am going to write down my own reflections on the future, listed as seven concepts, that you don need to agree with of course:

    • De-colonialization

    • Demographics

    • De-financialization

    • Isolation from liberal ideas

    • Climate change

    • Internet - The continued spread of liberal ideas and free trade

    • Western weakness

    Check the description of the event for an explanation of each.

    August 19, 2014

    • Jorgen

      "don't need to agree with" it should say

      August 19, 2014

  • Jorgen

    Topic set:

    A new world order

    The communist bloc collapsed two and a half decades ago, and Pax americana looks more and more challenged, as an example some EU countries seem unwilling to toe the American line in the Ukraine conflict.

    China is on the rise and Russia has a top notch military and is not afraid to use it. We are likely to see upheavals and changes in many places of the world. Let's peer into the future to see what will happen, and for the second hour, what principles do you think would make the ride safer?

    August 16, 2014

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