Thursday 30 November 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Richard Carlile was born in Ashburton on 8 or 9 December 1790, in a house recently identified in the centre of town.
The great historian E.P. Thompson called Carlile, perhaps unfairly, ‘The showman of Free thought’. He was certainly a ‘free thinker’, taking his ideas beyond the radical to the ultra radical. A man of courage and conviction, a man who could not abide injustice and privilege. His life was one long campaign for revolutionary changes, supported by a colourful, motley crew of fellow ultra radicals.
A brief survey of the political and social scene that Richard lived through. What were the constraints imposed on him by the state?
An overview of Richard’s life, from Ashburton to London:
Writer and publisher of seditious newspapers
Biographer of Thomas Paine
Figurehead for a potential revolution
Campaigner for birth control
An exploration of Richard’s radicalism and how he promoted his ideas:
Deism and his partnership with the extraordinary Rev. Robert Taylor
The Zetetic movement
The destruction of the Church
followed by Q & A /Discussion on which of his views have resonance today.
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