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The End of Politcs and the Birth of Idemocracy

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The west is in crisis. Governments have grown too big, living beyond their means - and ours. The true costs of extra officialdom have been concealed. Parasitical politicians have been hopeless at holding to account the elites who now preside over us. As a result, Western nations are mired in debt and chronically misgoverned. Should we despair? Actually, no. Precisely becau ...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by Biteback Publishing
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Warren Buffett wrote that "only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked". According to Douglas Carswell in his new book The End of Politics (Biteback, 12.99), with the fiscal tide at ebb it is Western governments that have been caught skinny-dipping.

Carswell, Conservative MP for Clacton, charts the growth of the state sector across the West from around 10 per cent of GDP at the turn of the 20th century to approaching 50 per cent today. He also describes the topdown, "co
A very good and hard hitting assessment of the state of politics and national debt in both the UK and USA. With many hard facts, Carswell makes a good argument for the inevitable collapse of big government and attempts to predict the future form of democracy. This prediction is the book's weakest point as he seems to hold an over optimistic view of the role of the internet and direct democracy in our future world. Yes, the 'old political and economic order is about to give way' but 'to something ...more
This book is replete with polemical throwaway comments sourced by the Daily Mail and other questionable sources. When I hit the US Republican statistic that 47% of people don't pay taxes, I wanted to throw it in a corner. That 47% includes children and OAPs and is questioned by many US commentators.

I agree with many of his observations, cliche-ridden and obvious though they are. But his wholesale adoption of the Austrian school of economics shows a longing for solutions which belong to the theor
Totally convinced me that the citizen-consumer, armed with the Internet, will force the West to upgrade its political operating systems. And thereby save itself from decline.

Plus, after years of sitting on the fence, I know now how I will vote come the UK's referendum on Europe.

Philip Doggart
Carswell nails the problem of western government on he head. We have too much and we can't afford to pay for it. Most would not like the message nor the solution but rare to read a politician who calls it as it is.
Brian Mcleish
Couldn't actually finish this book!
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