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The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy [Paperback]

Douglas Carswell
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2 Oct 2012
The west is in crisis. Governments have grown too big, living beyond their means - and ours. The true costs of extra officialdom have been concealed. Parasitical politicians have been hopeless at holding to account the elites who now preside over us. As a result, Western nations are mired in debt and chronically misgoverned. Should we despair? Actually, no. Precisely because the West s Big Government model is bust, things are going to have to change. The West is on the cusp of dramatic changes driven by the failure of her elites, technology and maths. At the precise moment Big Government becomes unaffordable, the internet revolution makes it possible to do without it. Be optimistic. We are going to be able to manage without government - and thrive. The old political and economic order is about to give way to something vastly better.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (2 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849544220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849544221
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifying in its diagnosis, thrilling in its prognosis, Douglas Carswell s radical, clear-sighted and subversive book is an illuminating glimpse of how the West urgently must and still can escape death by top-down bureaucratic suffocation. --Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist

Carswell puts his finger on the key dilemmas of the age. A fascinating read from a refreshing and independent Conservative voice. --Boris Johnson

A challenging proposition but he argues it robustly. Let s pray he is right. --Frederick Forsyth

as a revolutionary text, Carswell's is right up there with the Communist Manifesto --Sunday Times Culture

Quietly, a battle for the soul of the Conservative party rages and Carswell is on the intellectual frontline. --Progress Online

"a passionately expressed set of arguments about why our current political arrangements do not work." --Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

Quietly, a battle for the soul of the Conservative party rages and Carswell is on the intellectual frontline. --Progress Online

About the Author

DOUGLAS CARSWELL is a prolific writer, blogger and commentator. He was elected to Parliament in 2005 and Parliamentarian of the Year by readers of the Spectator. Douglas blogs each day at and has written for the Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, News of the World, Daily Telegraph and Spectator.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very educational and shocking 3 Nov 2012
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This is a great book which explains what on earth is going on in the world of politics in the West. I, like many others, am disillusioned with politicians and sometimes feel that there is no hope to fix the system. Carswell not only highlights all the issues, but also explains that politics really is changing due to pressure that citizens are applying by networking together and bypassing government entirely. This glimmer of hope made me happier! It is also very timely, it complements a fantastic documentary that I recently watched on YouTue called "97% owned - Director's Cut". This documentary in a nutshell is the first part of Carswell's book. I recommend watching that documentary as well as reading this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What we need 8 Nov 2012
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This book provides us with the essential basis for a real change in political thinking.
If the thought of a free people with opinions frightens you, its not for you, but if you are willing to start again with a clean sheet then take heart there are others like you!.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Analysis 11 Oct 2012
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This is one of the most important, thought provoking books I have read in a long while. I thoroughly commend it to anyone trying to make sense of today's politics, and where western economies/polities might be headed in the coming years, particularly as regards the impact new technologies will increasingly have on reducing the resources available to fund the obese political systems evident in so many western governments today.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely and compelling read 28 Oct 2012
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I have reviewed "The End Of Politics..." at greater length on my own blogsite, hopefully accessible from here via my username, so I'll be brief with a few extracts from that review here.

The first seven chapters cover "The End". It is a fair portrayal of how and why our current political system is rotten to the core. The political class are portrayed as knowing full well what they are doing, probably only wanting to be sure they see their time out before the consequences of their actions catch up. It is perhaps not surprising that one commentator has already suggested that in days gone by, someone from within who exposed the true nature of how we are overtaxed, overregulated, overgoverned, badly governed and governed by the wrong people (EU bureaucrats, the opinion forming elite etc) would probably have been burned at the stake.

The second half, "The Birth", suggests that the digital revolution will render the Big Government model obsolete, as choice displaces top down prescription. "A cultural revolution is coming that will unseat the constructivist elite", it is suggested, where taxpayers decide to buy less prescribed government services, make more of their own decisions and keep more of their own money for this purpose, all aided by technology.

All in all, a very bold and challenging promotion of how the future government of the UK need not merely comprise management of decline. Provided that the current political class accepts that the days of Big Government are over. Will it? Is this a case of the irresistible force meeting the immoveable object?

Hopefully the author's conclusion, that our best days lie ahead and that we will be healthier, wealthier and happier in several generations' time after Big Government has been laid to rest, will be borne out without too much of a crash. In the meantime, a well deserved five stars for spelling it all out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'd say a good purchase, and I certainly enjoyed reading the book. It made me look at my view of government and democracy throughout the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell it like it is. 3 Nov 2012
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An excellent analysis of where we are as a nation.
A much needed realist point of view that is so lacking in today's politics.
The solution will be a long time coming ,but it gives us hope'
Should be required reading for all politicians at national and local level,plus of course us poor punters.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted to like this book. The author's diagnosis of the present state of the major democracies is gloomy and compelling, and surely right. But is he right that the system will break down under its own contradictions? I'm afraid he didn't persuade me. And his prescription, which involves a lot of individualisation by means of the internet, was also unpersuasive. There are an awful lot of people out there who don't use the internet in the constructive way that is here postulated. There are even people who never use it!

The book has other problems. The tone is very insistent, and I felt a bit ground down by all the short sentences and the assertiveness. There is also a good deal of repetition in such a comparatively short book. There is a good essay lurking here, but as a book it failed to convert me to the author's prognosis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some reality - from a politician 21 May 2013
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Douglas Carswell develops a good and coherent thesis within this book - a thoughtful and thought-provoking read.

i was at a meeting in the House of Commons where he was the key speaker, and he is just as feisty in real life. A pleasure to hear. This book has kept me entertained during commutes and is recommended. Support your local maverick! Or realist, as I would prefer to call him. Well done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book and spot on. Only why do we not see more of him given he is an mp. How does he sit there day after day listening to Dave continue the lies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B J MARBROW
5.0 out of 5 stars Carswell Hits It On The Head
Douglas Carswell has written a superb book analysing and explaining previous political and societal structure and explains how the internet is changing traditional... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hex Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Its a great book with good ideas. Read it continuously which is not like me, thats how good it is. Very useful.
Published 8 months ago by Ceri Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and well researched.
This is a thoughtful and well researched book which, I believe, everyone should read. It should also be available in every 6th form library.
Published 12 months ago by Greydog
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading
Should be compulsory reading for anyone who has any interest in politics and particularly the EU. It is worth reading more than once
Published 12 months ago by Jonathan
3.0 out of 5 stars End of Politics and Birth of iDemocracy
Not yet got into this book yet, seems a bit weird but will persevere. Sounds a novel way of going forward
Published 14 months ago by Fred Biro
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This wwas a present for a friend. He likes it. I'm happy.
Why do you require more words? Silly. Said it all.
Published 15 months ago by Jeni Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A concise informative view on the history of global politics/economics. Douglas gives you an insider view on those money wasting government agencies who make most the decisions... Read more
Published 16 months ago by luke marriott
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of Anarchy?
An intelectually coherent account of the current shortcomings of current politics in managing the problems we face. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bryan Rigby
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but controversial read
Carswell's book argues that in the age of social media and the collective intelligence of the online community, politicians are surplus to requirements. Read more
Published 18 months ago by L. Elliott
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