Paul Mason – author of the bestselling Postcapitalism – issues a stark warning about our future. Mason argues passionately that the very notion of humanity is increasingly under threat and that to prevent disaster we must take steps: rekindle a shared moral philosophy, revive our collective belief in rationalism and universal rights and actively resist control of our lives by algorithms. From economics, Big Data and neuroscience to the culture wars, this is not simply the natural unravelling of the post-war global consensus, he believes, but an attack on values that have underpinned Western societies for hundreds of years. It is time to act, before it is too late.

  Chaired by Richard Moss, BBC Political Editor for North East & Cumbria