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Ruling The Void: The Hollowing Of Western Democracy
Ruling The Void: The Hollowing Of Western Democracy
by Peter Mair
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A devastating critique of the state of democracy in Western Europe, 4 Feb 2014
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Written by a respected academic, Ruling the Void is an in-depth analysis of the gradual separation of political parties and their former members, with a dramatic effect on democracy. The connection between politicians and party members has withered so that politicians cease to represent these members, and government policy no longer relates to the views of the electorate, but is formulated by parts of government machinery. The book should be read by all those who are concerned for the future of democracy in Britain and Western Europe.


Gods In The Making: Essays on the Role of Religion in Britain Today
Gods In The Making: Essays on the Role of Religion in Britain Today
by William Deller
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Review from the Jackdaw magazine, 18 Feb 2010
For those interested in society and the forces that shape it, this is a gem of a book. Within its short 100 pages author and OPT member William Deller discusses the recent decline in British societal standards and the role of the church in arresting that decline. The downward part was begun, in significant part, by Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. It was a work that, as Darwin feared at the time, dealt a hammer blow to the mystique of religion and, with it, the moral standards that a church upholds. It has been followed by scientific advance on all fronts and Christianity in Britain has significantly failed to come to terms with it.
Whether one believes or not, British society needs religion, argues the author. It needs its concept of righteous behaviour, tested over centuries. It is best placed to set society's standards. Evolution theory has created a conflict between the Christian values of helping the needy and concepts of the survival of the fittest. Into the vacuum created by Christianity's indecision have stepped pragmatic politicians and business leaders to set their own, less public spirited standards.
'Old fashioned' they may be, but the seven deadly sins have not gone away. To these the author adds an eighth - intellectual dishonesty, denial. As bigger and more complex problems, not least acceptance of notions of overpopulation, demand answers, this may turn out to be the most important on the list.


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