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Secret Boat Talk | Becoming an Anarchist

Secret Boat Talk | Becoming an Anarchist

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  •  Regent's Canal Towpath, London, N1C
Suitable for: Adults
Carne Ross was once a British diplomat; now he’s an anarchist.  In the Foreign Office, he worked as the speechwriter to two foreign secretaries, worked on terrorism, four wars a... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
Secret Boat Talks are a new series of intellectual talks at London's famous floating book boat, Word on the Water.

On this cozy 100-year-old Dutch barge on Regent's Canal, you will sit next to a wood-burning stove with other curious Londoners; to learn about a fascinating subject and challenge your perspectives.

Note that your ticket includes a £5 book voucher - so you can browse the book boat's collection of classics, cult, contemporary fiction, children's books, art and photography, plus some quirky stuff that you would never think to look for.

The Talk: Becoming An Anarchist

As an international diplomat, Carne Ross was a defender and embodiment of the political status quo. He believed in democracy and the capitalist system. He was promoted rapidly in the Foreign Office, ultimately serving as Britain’s expert on the Middle East, and Iraq’s WMD, at the UN in New York. But 9/11 and the Iraq War changed his life forever.

After much soul-searching, he resigned in protest from the Foreign Office after giving secret evidence to the first official inquiry into the Iraq War. His personal crisis triggered a political transformation. Looking around, he saw that the orthodox system of governments was not solving the world’s problems, from inequality to global warming.

But what might work? He embarked on a remarkable personal odyssey to discover a different and better way for humans to organise their affairs: ANARCHISM.

His journey spanned the citadels of western capitalism and war-torn Syria, where he visited the extraordinary project of self-government in north-east Syria, Rojava. He read and learned about political ideas, long neglected, but now more relevant than ever, and the moments in history, like civil war Spain, when those ideas were put into practice.

Carne’s political journey was also profoundly personal, from disillusionment to the rediscovery of idealism. Carne was present at some of the seminal moments of recent world history, from 9/11 in New York to the invasion of Afghanistan. His story helps explain the current crisis…and what might be done about it. But above all Carne’s journey offers a guide and inspiration for those frustrated by party politics, Brexit and the status quo, and offers a pathway to renewed idealism and, above all, action: a personal as well as political liberation.

Venue: Word on the Water, King's Cross

Doors: 6:30pm / Talk starts: 7.00pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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This talk is part of the Funzing Talks series - is a new concept which aims to re-invent your after work drinks. We've pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a Funzing Talks event makes the perfect after work activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that - you never know where it may lead you!

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Secret Boat Talks are a new series of intellectual talks at London's famous floating book boat, Word on the Water. On this cozy 100-year-old Dutch barge on Regent's Canal, you will sit next to a wood-burning stove with other curious Londoners; t... Read More
Experience includes:
  • £5 voucher for a book
  • Explore insights from an ex-diplomat turned anarchist 
  • Fascinating lecture
  • Cozy boat venue
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