This season’s Philosophical Theater started with the famous British Pakistani activist, writer, theorist, journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali. The leader Srecko Horvat, known in Europe for his leftist activism, moderated the interview on 30th October, 2016 in The Croatian National Theater (HNK) in Zagreb. Horvat’s schedule for upcoming months is as follows:
27th November – sociologists Zygmunt Bauman and Alexandra Kania
4th December – Yanis Varoufakis
27th January 2017 – Bobby Gillespie and Franco B. Bifo (blending philosophy and rock and roll)
After the short performance of the drama with his text “The New Adventures of Don Quixote”, during this very pleasant evening Tariq Ali introduced himself as a rigorous and sensitive theorist and playwright at the same time. While criticizing pessimistically the American and European capitalist society, he stressed the importance of the real democracy (not the fake ones where it’s necessary “to pinch the nose”) and objective reasoning of those who appreciate the positive approach to society and culture.
Tariq Ali is a British Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso (es), and contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books. He read PPE in University of Oxford.