Recent revivals of activism include the G20 demonstrations in 2009, runway invasions at Heathrow airport and climate campers a-plenty. But is activism today really a response to the recession and politics at large or, as critics have argued, merely a militant reflection of mainstream cynicism? This debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas dissects contemporary activism. The expert panel of speakers include author and campaigner Josie Appleton; writer and columnist at The Times, Hugo Rifkind; leader of the UK’s Pirate Party Andrew Robinson and Royal College of Art Student Union president, Jack Tan.

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