Liberate the Debate
Liberate the Debate(LtD), offers a unique position amongst societies at Sussex University with an inherent nature of flexibility along political discourse.
It is our belief at LtD that freedom of speech should remain as unabated as possible, and as a practice of this we have created a politicially neutral platform whereby one can debate over any subject, and in particular those of a controversial nature (which in itself is a practice of freedom of discourse so to speak). The key thesis behind this is that by airing topics that are conventionally taboo, arguments from both sides of the coin can be discussed and debated to create a common understanding. Indeed in the current political climate as political perspectives become further and further dissimilar, much of a moderated, calm, intellectually vigorating exercise of debate can create a form of common understanding.
There are four parts that we will be running next academic year:
Firstly, we usually convene every Wednesday between 1930-2130, and will post specific details on our Facebook page.
Most importantly, bring a drink or two to slug your way through it.
Secondly, with prior request to the evening, you have the opportunity as a member to conduct a short presentation on a subject (which of course will be debated thereafter), if you believe that it is knowledge that is intriguing and beneficial to most people's knowledge.
Thirdly, if public speaking is not your thing, we also run a blog whereby you can express or present an argument.
Finally, we will be working to drawing in speakers over the next academic year from a variety of backgrounds and histories for academic interest and intellectual stimulation.
All in all, membership is free, and you get to drink alcohol while sounding vaguely intelligent so there isn't much to lose here.