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How Democracy Ends

Narrated by: David Runciman
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Summary

Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order, until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date.

Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes as Trump, Brexit and paranoid populism have become a reality. 

David Runciman, one of the UK's leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising us on what could come next.

©2018 David Runciman (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Thoughtful and interesting

I'm a big fan of DR's podcast, Talking Politics. I found this a little ponderous in places. Gives a good account of recent populist victories and their shortcomings. If it has a failing it's that it's prone to jump from a fairly factual description of things that have happened recently, most of which you'll already be aware of if you're interested in current affairs, then pulls its punches on drawing conclusions, opting instead for a sort of no-one-can-tell-the-future stance.

Worth a listen, though, especially if you've enjoyed his other work.

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Fantasy fearnongering nonsense

I was looking forward to a serious and totally bipartisan, indeed not expecting to hear anything remotely bias. How disappointing to hear an apparently self reflecting human being carry bias, catastrophic thinking, exaggerated sound bites and ignorance. This is just a slaughter of Trump that if you are a Liberal left reactionary self illuminated you'll love. Oh and there was no collusion despite one of the greatest witch hunts in political history.

This is not a book supportive of the democracy but of wild bias thinking. Hiding behind his position and education he nit picks and muddies the plain facts.

The real threat to democracy is always from the think tank and the people that unthinking support the excess of the powerful. This is more applicable to previous administrations. No screening or short ripping then.

Pathetic.

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