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Maajid Nawaz’ January 2016 Tour.
So…those last two weekends? Needless to say, they have been among the wildest that the Think Inc. team has experienced. We had barely wrapped up An Evening with Sam Harris and within a blink, An Evening with Maajid Nawaz rolled around. But this back-to-back was not one we’ll soon forget, and, we hope, you will not soon forget either.
Joining his co-author Sam Harris as a special guest, Maajid generated plenty of his own buzz during the rest of his stay in Australia, up until his own talks the following weekend. With numerous radio interviews and a much-discussed feature on ABC’s The Drum, Maajid lit a wick in the dark room of openly discussing extremism, even though critics have accused him of burning that same candle at both ends.
Along came January 29th and 30th, and audiences poured in to Melbourne’s Federation Square and Sydney’s Seymour Theatre to become involved with Maajid directly, discussing a wide variety of matters central to our very real social anxieties of today: Why are young people falling in with extremist groups? Where do we draw the line at tolerating intolerance? How do we have these conversations to build bridges instead of burn them?
It takes courage to converse on these controversial matters – both from audiences and from Maajid himself – and the feedback did not disappoint:
What is encouraging to us most at Think Inc. is that, especially with those who attended Maajid and Sam’s shows, we see for ourselves a cohort that does not merely shy away from the uncomfortable yet crucial conversations that tend to get swept under the rug by policy makers and, as Maajid himself calls them, ‘The Regressive Left’. Regardless of where any of us stand in our society, the content of Maajid and Sam’s talks is unique to this day and age, and requires a unique approach.
Remember: Harry, Hermione and Ron defeated Voldemort by first being able to name him. We too can be heroes, and this is a crucial first step in producing a safer and fearless world for us all. Thank you.
“If liberalism is to mean anything at all, it is duty bound to support without hesitation the dissenting individual over the group, the heretic over the orthodox, innovation over stagnation, and free speech over offense.”
A recurring global conversation of 2015 has been one centered on extremism. The widely-reported Charlie Hebdo killings in January and the recent string of November attacks across Paris have thrust sociopolitical discourse deeper than ever into territory that holds under scrutiny the place that democracy, religion, and identity have in the globalised world. One of the voices proactively calling for a fair and rigorous assessment of tolerance in the 21st century is being brought to Australia in January 2016: author, politician and activist Maajid Nawaz.