Magazine article New Internationalist

Out of the Wreckage

Magazine article New Internationalist

Out of the Wreckage

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Out of the Wreckage A New Politics for an Age of Crisis by George Monbiot (Verso, ISBN 9781786632883)

I am an admirer of George Monbiot. In his column in The Guardian and his books he has laid out a consistent alternative to the neoliberal consensus, speaking truth to power and arguing for community and co-operation rather than the gradualist amelioration of a failing system. His previous book - How Did We Get into This Mess? - was an intelligent analysis of our predicament, both national and global. It is therefore, logical that, having described the situation, he should propose ways in which we can reengage with a vision of a better society for all.

There is much here that many progressives would agree with: the Tobin tax, participatory democracy, Universal Basic Income, a re-balancing of the global economy, the fettering of the power of the corporations. However, on finishing the book, I was left feeling deflated rather than energized, with the question, 'is that all there is? …

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