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Rebel : How to Overthrow the Emerging Oligarchy (Hardcover) (Douglas Carswell)
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Politics has never been more unpredictable. Radical populists and insurgents have turned politics-as-usual on its head. Rebel explores how we got here, where we are heading, and what we can do about it. Douglas Carswell argues that these insurgencies are a reaction against the emergence of a political and economic oligarchy that has subverted our democracy and stifled our market system. "Politics," he writes, "is a cartel. Like the economy, it is rigged in the interests of a few." This leaves our liberal, democratic order—the mechanism that has allowed a historically unprecedented proportion of humanity to flourish—facing a twin assault: oligarchs on the one hand, radical populists on the other. Reassessing history and politics, Rebel puts forward a bold new thesis: we are not the first to face such a threat. Oligarchic cartels have clogged the arteries of nations and economies throughout history, triggering radical insurgencies in protest. But all too often the radicals have strengthened the hand of the oligarchs: the Roman, Venetian, and Dutch republics all succumbed to cartels. "Anti-oligarch radicals," the author notes, "have often made the oligarchs seem the more attractive option." So, too, today, he suggests. In the face of these twin threats, Carswell mounts a robust defense of the liberal, democratic order. Drawing on his first-hand experience in taking on—and beating—the established political parties, he proposes a profound reform of politics and capitalism to free us from the cartels, listing the practical steps needed to make this revolutionary change happen.
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Political Science
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Douglas Carswell
Street Date: July 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-7107
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