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compelling analysis, but ultimately not persuasive
on 21 October 2012
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.