Countering The Counter-Culture: Social Chaos and Public Life in Britain and Australia
In both Britain and Australia, the impact of the 1960s social revolution has been felt on the lowest rungs of society; where family breakdown, welfare dependence, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, and child maltreatment are most prevalent.
Yet the default cultural assumptions — held widely across politics, government, the media, and academia — are still shaped by the socially permissive ethics of the 60s: the idea that the erosion of traditional restraint on social behaviour represents an unadulterated victory for personal liberation.
Many in positions of authority thus struggle to acknowledge the social reality of dysfunction and degradation, let alone summon the will to do anything about the social chaos that is staring them in the face.
This special CIS event — featuring acclaimed UK commentator Theodore Dalrymple and CIS Senior Research Fellow Dr Jeremy Sammut — will discuss how and why the counter-culture must be countered so that ‘society’ stops presiding over the chaos and starts to eradicate it instead.
Dr Jeremy Sammut is a Senior Research Fellow in the Health Innovations Program at The Centre for Independent Studies and author of The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children.
Dr Anthony Daniels also known by his pen name of Theodore Dalrymple, is a well-known British writer, social critic, psychiatrist and former prison doctor. He is a prolific author whose works include: Life at the Bottom, Our Culture, What’s Left of it and his most recent, Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality.
Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Where: Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
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