It’s been a long time since I’ve read a more interesting, informing, and inspiring book.”—Bill Moyers What can we do beyond. Carne Ross, a former high-flying British diplomat, would lead us to a leaderless revolution. His experience in the diplomatic service, especially. CARNE ROSS . There are four simple ideas at the heart of The Leaderless . out The Leaderless Revolution: agency—the power to decide matters.

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I think the existing system has been thoroughly corrupted and that therefore we have to build an alternative system. In Porto Alegre, Brazil, 50, people participate in the budgeting process.

That was the contrast that really hit home to me in that book.

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Government still has extraordinary power and it matters who runs government. John Quiggin on Utopia Books. As grass-roots movements in the Arab world rise up against corruption and injustice, and people in the West form organisations to fight against the inequalities in our societies, Carne Ross offers not only an antidote to our global crises, but a route to fulfillment and self-realisation for us all.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. The Leaderless Revolution explains why our government institutions are inadequate to the task of solving major problems and offers a set of steps we can take to create lasting and workable solutions ourselves. Audrey Kurth Cronin on Terrorism Books. This is an impassioned, idealistic critique of the state of global politics and the deepening rift between those with power and those without.

Peregrine Worsthorne on The French Revolution. He concludes with a nine-point manifesto for citizens to regain control canre the decisions that affect their lives. Wittgenstein comes to the conclusion that logic itself cannot be expressed, it can only be shown, and from rss he concludes that all the most important things in life are actually beyond expression.


Peter Hitchens on Anti-Communist Thrillers. Ross was one of an elite corps of diplomats, fast-tracked to a high position at a relatively young age. This was my work; this is what I did. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Some 50, of its 1. This is an impassioned, idealistic critique of the state of global politics and the deepening rift between those with power and those without. This is the stark conclusion of a former high-flying British diplomat who quit the Foreign Office in disgust over Iraq and who has since worked with emerging governments in trying to assert themselves on the world stage.

This, Ross argues, showed not just the pernicious effects of authority upon moral conduct, but something even more revealing: Trump on the Couch. Still, this is an important contribution to the debate. But that triggered a process of exploration about what was wrong with government — not so much why people lie but why people take bad decisions.

A much more devolved system of power is therefore necessary to cope with a complex world. It is not absurdly idealistic to imagine such companies. The Bodies in Person. Uncontrolled economic volatility, perpetual insecurity, rampant inequality, and accelerating climate change are heading us into a dangerous period of prolonged crisis. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Wherever you are live in the world, few ordinary people would vote for a government that promised to lead them to war, that announced that they couldn’t predict or control the world markets in any way, that declared ambivalence about pollution and global warming, that openly appeared to be corrupt and self-serving.

Get our latest book recommendations, author news, and competitions right to your inbox. We Were Eight Years in Power. But I think Thomas Paine would be pretty horrified by what he might see today that passes for democratic government. Can you connect the dots on how this relates to the faults of representative government? He believed in the theory of ordinary people making history.

The G20 met to discuss the eurozone crisis. He would probably have received a top ambassadorship — with all the baubles of status and comfort that he admits he found attractive — had he not jumped ship. Sam Tanenhaus on Conservatism and Culture Books.


Its own manifesto is so broad that you could sit a hundred manifestos within it. Carne Ross is a former senior British diplomat, author and journalist.

His style is gorgeous, with all his literary references. I began to question the whole edifice of economic thought that justified an economic system such as we have, that is predicated on a very limited understanding of human objectives and desires — that basically all we are is profit-maximising animals and that the things that matter most to us can be measured, when in fact they cannot.

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In Praise of Blood. However logical they may appear they cannot describe logic itself — they cannot describe what is most important. Why should we still read this pamphlet from ?

Harvey Klehr on Communism in America Books. I mean building companies that are cooperatively owned and share wealth amongst revolugion, rather than having privately owned companies where CEOs are paid times more than the minimum wage employees. I do think a political movement of this kind will be very limited if it is only about protest. Usually this book is seen as a picturesque account of an ultimately failed attempt to fight fascism, but what made a big impression on me was the fact that people like Orwell and 30, other foreign volunteers went to fight fascism in Spain at all.

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