Nasty, Brutish, and Short
On our second full day in London, we were lucky enough to visit the RSA. The RSA was founded in 1754 by William Shipley. It has been a leader in the promotion of girl's education, environmental reform and countless other issues since its foundation. While at the RSA, we were treated to a tour of the building, which has been restored to look as it would during the time of the enlightenment. The highlight of the tour was when we were allowed into the archives. Our guide had generously pulled out over a dozen documents written by enlightenment thinkers nearly three hundred years ago. We were even allowed to see letters written by Benjamin Franklin himself.
Along with our incredible tour, we had the privilege of talking with the CEO of the RSA, Matthew Taylor. Taylor is a former Labour Party politician who has been the CEO of the RSA since 2006. He shared with us his insight on current political topics such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. He spoke on his belief that the outcome of both elections was because some people, particularly those from rural communities, felt they were being left behind the rest of their respective countrymen. Mr. Taylor also was not afraid to argue his point that it was education level, not economic status that predicted who individuals voted for. The discussion we had with Mr. Taylor was insightful from beginning to end, and was among the most stimulating experiences of the entrire trip.
Reporter: Sage Buchanan