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Authority in crisis



The BBC, has struggled to deal with post-Savile rumour and innuendo; the British parliament, stumbling from one scandal to the next, is routinely treated with scepticism and cynicism; even the police, as their uncertain response to the 2011 riots demonstrated, are seemingly wracked by self-doubt. But is this crisis of authority, and of trust, really such a bad thing? Or is there another problem here? Does it also implicate the freedom and
autonomy of the individual itself? Has regulation – the solution often proposed to the widespread mistrust of authority – exacerbated the problem? In this keynote controversy filmed at the Battle of Ideas Frank Furedi presents his new
book Authority: a sociological history to two respondents and the audience, who then examine the issues. The speakers are: Professor Frank Furedi; Toby Mundy; Elizabeth Oldfield and the chair is Dr Tim Black.

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Magda said:

I really like the point that the Occupy movement died becasue they hate authority

Dean said:

Most important thing I learnt watching this video:

Authority is not power, it is how we make meaning of and usurp power. Without that desire to contest authority with a new authority, we are reduced to be against ourselves as moral beings.

Dr Strangelove said:

Great content. Some thought-provoking criticism of the Guardian reading middle class drivel that authority is always deferential to power. Give me the authority of moral conviction any day than the gullibility of trust. Should we replace the conviction to win authority with the woolly notion of being trustworthy. I don’t think so