Brexit voters have been portrayed as two-dimensional cardboard cutouts. But those who support Brexit are far more diverse than the media would have us believe. We are a network of artists and other creatives who wish to share, collaborate and provide support for each other. Come along if you are an artist, creative professional or arts supporter in favor of the UK's independence from the European Union. Meetings are relaxed, casual and take place in and around London. Occasionally there will be speakers, gigs or other events. Come along, bring your ideas and enthusiasm.
The political culture that has sustained liberal democracy in Britain
is now eroding. The campaign to block and reverse Brexit is one
manifestation of this, together with judicial activism, the attempt to
limit free speech, and an emerging culture of intolerance.
The Marxian Frankfurt School in the context of the inter-war period
sought to explore the cultural factors that had facilitated the rise of
and then sustained fascism in Germany and Austria. In particular,
Walter Benjamin and Ernst Bloch looked at how the Nazis had
The talk will put forward the hypothesis that Britain is also moving
towards a post-rational style of politics in which the capacity to
provoke emotional and tribe-based responses to political stimuli is
taking effect. This is having extremely negative results. Democracy
depends upon the maintenance of a self-denying ordinance when
confronted by political opposition and the reality of defeat at the
Combined with the closely associated postmodernist belief that
‘speech is power’, politics is being viewed increasingly as a zero-
sum game in which rival forces must be censored and inconvenient
electoral results discarded. Brexit is providing a focal point for the emergence of an authoritarian alliance driven by a broad-ranging
and unifying pan-Europeanist aesthetic.
Marc Glendening is a writer and artist who has been active in pro-
independence groups for many years, most recently with the cross-
party People’s Pledge. He lives in London and supports QPR.
Please expect a thought-provoking talk followed by audience
questions and comments. As with all our Brexit Creatives nights
there will be plenty of time to socialise in the pub afterwards.
Doors open at 7pm and the discussion begins at 7:30, with the bar
open until 11pm downstairs.
Suggested donation: £3 cash on the door.
Join us as we get to grips with a world in flux.
This year’s Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican in London is our 15th annual festival. We’re living in interesting times, and more than ever it feels like we need a space for interrogating ideas, open discussion and civilised debate.
A weekend of debates about everything from Brexit to Identity politics to controversies in the arts and much, much more ...
It’s a weekend not to be missed.
NB Earlybird tickets available till September 30.