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Verity Burgmann on The Importance of Being Extreme

Agitators, as Oscar Wilde observed, are essential to progress. Reforms are more likely to be achieved when sections of a social movement behave badly and demand more than reforms. The history of protest suggests that extremism in form and content shifts the spectrum of debate so moderate proponents of the same social movement emerge as the voice of compromise and reason; extremists strengthen the bargaining position of moderates, because authorities accede to moderate demands to weaken extremist challenges; and extremists keep the moderates more honest.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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