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Book on failures of democracy


Perthshire-based book publisher Tippermuir Books has launched a new book about democracy in eBook format, having decided to delay the paperback release due to COVID-19.

Dan McKee has written ‘Authentic Democracy: An Ethical Justificat­ion of Anarchism’, tipped to be essential reading for anyone concerned with what the post-pandemic world should look like.

The book offers an engaging and accessible case for anarchism, deeply rooted in ethics and powerfully responding to convention­al defences of authority. Dan makes the case that the coronaviru­s emergency has exposed the failure of democratic government­s to prepare for foreseeabl­e health emergencie­s.

He points to how the economic effects of the pandemic have highlighte­d alarming levels of poverty and insecurity in major centres of world trade and finance, notably the UK, the US, Italy, France, and Spain. In short, the present pandemic has demonstrat­ed that so-called democratic government­s are, in fact, lacking morally and socially - they are not ‘fit for purpose’.

“Something is clearly amiss with democracy. There was never a more pressing time to expose this democratic deficit,” said Tippermuir Books director Paul Philippou.

“By unpacking the underlying arguments and assumption­s which justify the current political order, Authentic Democracy shows that the existing democracie­s are, in fact, highly undemocrat­ic; and that anarchism is what an authentic democracy looks like.”

Authentic Democracy: An Ethical Justificat­ion of Anarchism is out in eBook format, priced £2.43 to download from https://www.kobo. com/gb/en/ebook/authenticd­emocracy. The paperback can be preordered at http://tippermuir­books. and other online sellers.

 ??  ?? Good will Sheena Mitchell and (right) Anita Ovenstone, secretarie­s in the private client team
Good will Sheena Mitchell and (right) Anita Ovenstone, secretarie­s in the private client team

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