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Utopian Hope and Apocalyptic Religion [01:11:00]
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Where does the utopian impulse in politics originate, and does it have a future? John Gray argues that though they often claimed to be rooted in a scientific analysis of history and society the revolutionary political movements of the past were informed by a utopian vision which derives from religion. Is the age of secular utopianism over, and if so how will religion interact with twenty-first century geopolitical conflicts? He will discuss these questions in the context of his new book, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Penguin). Editor's note: The original event recording started slightly after the beginning of the introduction by Professor Lord Meghnad Desai
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