OUT OF THE WRECK­AGE: A NEW POL­I­TICS FOR AN AGE OF CRI­SIS

North & South - - Review -

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.

MICHAEL COOTE

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.