OUT OF THE WRECKAGE: A NEW POLITICS FOR AN AGE OF CRISIS
GEORGE MONBIOT (VERSO $27) British writer George Monbiot’s ambitious book advocates left-wing causes espoused by Corbynists in Britain’s Labour Party and the Bernie Sanders faction of America’s Democratic Party. Writing under the banner of worldwide political reform, the author excoriates neoliberalism, global trade and historical conservatism. Besides making pertinent observations on economics and politics, Out of the Wreckage’s wider merit is in its politically agnostic explanations of how to activate communities to retake control over the democratic institutions purporting to represent them. Examples provided are truly inspiring and applicable in New Zealand. Political organisers, whatever their stripe, should pay close attention to Monbiot’s descriptions of volunteer motivational techniques calculated to win elections. His book may prove more revolutionary on the ground than he supposes.