English Debate Club

This is a past event

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Every week on Tuesday

Cafe Dox

Stora Nygatan 31, Gamla Stan, 111 27 · Stockholm

How to find us

We will normally be down in the basement where it's quieter! Look out for a big group speaking English...

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This week's topic:

Localism — has its time come?

Let's talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be

Localism is a concept that covers a number of ideologies that are all in some way opposed to globalism. What they mean with globalism may vary a bit, from being opposed to free trade and big alliances, to be against large monolithic states.

Check out the Wikipedia page:

What localism is promoting could by supporters look like tight knit communities going about life in a peaceful way and authentic way in harmony between people and between people and the environment (quote from Wikipedia):

« More generally, localism draws on a wide range of movements and concerns and it proposes that by re-localizing democratic and economic relationships to the local level, social, economic and environmental problems will be more definable and solutions more easily created. They include anarchism, bioregionalism, environmentalism, the Greens, and more specific concerns about food, monetary policy and education.»

For detractors it may more look like (again, quote from Wikipedia):

«Wayne Yeung made the assumption that localism is a sub-school of European-American populism, and its ideology is according to him a combination of “ultra-nationalist, anti-leftist, and immigrant-bashing rhetoric”. Yeung raised an example in which localism is a cultural or civic value rather than a value that supports ethnic understanding in Hong Kong identity politics. Consequently, localism contains elements of populism and is a politicised form of racism.

Jane Wills argued that an increasing numbers of populist politicians are endorsing localism as a framework for public policy. She defined populism as a form of politics that involves people speaking in a register that is authentic to the experiences and needs of those people. In other words, most likely Populist Party policies would contradict parties that support the elites. She also used the term "anti-politics" to describe localist politicians because they stand against mainstream politics. She used the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) as an example of a party adopting localism into their policies.»

Directions to the place

Ⓣ Metro Station - Gamla Stan

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

For previously discussed topics, see: