HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s leading philosophy festival, returns to Hay-on-Wye this May

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s leading philosophy festival, returns to Hay-on-Wye this May with hundreds of challenging debates and talks across politics, philosophy, science and the arts.

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s leading philosophy festival, returns to Hay-on-Wye this May with hundreds of challenging debates and talks across politics, philosophy, science and the arts.

From 22 May – 1 June leading politicians, scientists, economists, philosophers and writers descend on the small border-town of Hay to debate everything from the British obsession with homeownership to tax avoidance and digital corporate monopoly.

There’s plenty of political meat in the 2014 programme. Following his debut outing Chavs, Owen Jones will deliver a stinging attack on The British Establishment.

He’ll also be joined by Laurie Penny and Michael Howard to debate The Rise and Fall of Democracy.

In the wake of the NSA revelations, Chris Huhne and Wikileaks chief spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson will tackle former GCHQ director David Omand over privacy and security in The Open Society and Its Enemies.

As the housing crisis continues, Anatole Kaletsky and HSBC chief economist Stephen King will consider whether the British obsession with homeownership will help or hinder innovation and growth in A Very British Disease.

Google’s head of competition in Europe Adam Cohen will go head-to-head with Aditya Chakrabortty and Phillip Blond over the growing digital monopolies of global corporations in Markets, Monopolies and Freedom.

And with tax avoidance still par for the course amongst companies and tycoons alike, Diane Abbott, Chris Huhne and Jamie Whyte come together to debate morality and taxation in The Eye of the Needle.

For further information on these events and more, follow the links below…

24 May

1.15pm: ‘The Open Society and Its Enemies’, Kristinn Hrafnsonn, Chris Huhne, David Omand

4.00pm: ‘The Snowden Affair: An Insider’s Take’, David Omand

6.00pm: ‘Say “Naw” to Separatism’, George Galloway

25 May

1.00pm: ‘The End of Equality’, Beatrix Campbell

5.30pm: ‘Owning the World’, Owen Jones, Anatole Kaletsky, Phillip Blond

7.00pm: ‘Climate Change and Britain’s Future’, Chris Huhne

26 May

10.30am: ‘The Eye of the Needle’, Diane Abbot, Chris Huhne, Jamie Whyte

1.15pm: ‘Beyond Left and Right’, Hilary Benn, Michael Howard, Pippa Malmgren, Peter Oborne

2.30pm: ‘A Very British Disease’, Stephen D. King, Aditya Chakrabortty, Anatole Kaletsky

2.30pm: ‘The Rise and Fall of Democracy’, Michael Howard, Owen Jones, Laurie Penny, Jamie Whyte

4.00pm: ‘Markets, Monopolies and Freedom’, Adam Cohen, Phillip Blond, Aditya Chakrabortty

5.00pm: ‘The Establishment’, Owen Jones

5.30pm: ‘The End of Aid’, Thomas Dichter, Hilary Benn, Bronwen Maddox, Janne Teller

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