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Research Discussion - Appropriate and inappropriate responses to corruption – was Guy Fawkes on the right path?

Appropriate and inappropriate responses to corruption – was Guy Fawkes on the right path? is the fourth TRIC event for 2015. It will be a semi-formal discussion among interested researchers on the lessons of how to address corruption at the highest levels.

On the fifth of November 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding a cache of gunpowder hidden under the British House of Lords. Fawkes and his colleagues intended to destroy Parliament and restore a Catholic monarchy. In recent decades, Fawkes’ visage has been appropriated by the UK author Alan Moore in his critically acclaimed graphic novel V for Vendetta. In this modern parable, the main protagonist uses a Fawkes mask to disguise himself as he overthrows a corrupt regime in Britain. This version of Fawkes’ image has since been adopted by hackers, anarchist groups, the occupy movement and others to symbolise resistance to what they see as a corrupted status quo.

Given the date, this may be opportune to look at some of the more extreme responses to corruption. Beside Fawkes, Antonio Gramsci once wrote “No parliamentary government power can prevent the moneybags from corrupting the functionaries of the civil service, the military and the church, from corrupting journalists and “creating” just that public opinion which suits them…the only way to [end this corruption] would be a regime of terror, or a vast bureaucratic apparatus of control” (Gramsci, 1919). Are Fawkes, Gramsci and the modern revolutionanry movements correct? Do we need to blow the system up to rid it of corruption?

 

Essential details are below.

Topic: Appropriate and inappropriate responses to corruption – was Guy Fawkes on the right path?
Date: Thursday, 5 November 2015
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Hedley Bull Building, Theatre 3 (#130), 130 Garran Road, Acton 2601

Staff and students interested in corruption research are both invited and welcome. Please circulate this to any of your colleagues whom may be interested.

RSVP to admin.tric@anu.edu.au

Updated: 19 October 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Jodie Mildenhall / Page Contact:  Jodie Mildenhall