Populism, Putin and more at the Perse PPE Society

Perse students from Year 10 to Upper Sixth have been stretching their intellectual muscles at the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) Society.

The society aims to give an opportunity for students to learn about and express their views on the great debates and issues facing the world today.

Each week an issue from politics, philosophy, or economics is discussed. The meetings begin with a student talk providing some background to the topic, before diving into wider debate.

Organising member of the society Babhravi Krishnan (Upper Sixth) gave a talk on the impact of the repeal of Roe v Wade earlier this year.

She said: “it was interesting to explore both the impact this ruling has had on low-income women and women of colour, but also on the mid-term election results.”

Other topics discussed at the PPE Society during the Michaelmas term included ‘Marxism in 20 minutes’, ‘Putin, Ukraine and the global order’, and ‘Is the internet a force for good in the world?’

Babhravi noted that a talk on the rise of populism was particularly well-attended.

She commented: “There were varied opinions expressed at that meeting because the topic crossed over with discussions about economic policy and immigration, two very controversial areas”.

Overseen by Perse Head of Politics Peter Richards, Babhravi organises the society with three other Upper Sixth students – Ebrahim Daultana, Chicko Ndumu and Kristof Allen.

In the future, the society hopes to expand its speakers beyond the organising members and continue to increase the number of attendees.


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