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WARNING: THIS BOOK IS ABOUT POLITICS
on 10 June 2016
To wit, and to quote:
“The modern vernacular of politics and international relations, from balances of power and hegemony of partisanship and national interest, is the stuff of high school civics and nightly news punditry. And so, you may be delighted – or disappointed – to hear that this particular book of politics is not concerned with any of this. Our account of politics is primarily about what ‘is’, and why what is, is.
“There are certain common principles behind bettering the world – whether we are looking at the welfare of shareholders in publicly traded corporations, the quality of life for citizens in a democracy or the conditions under which billions live in oppressive and impoverished third-world countries. These commonalities need to be laid bare before we tackle the specifics of fixing particular problems in particular places.”
Anyone knowingly not reading this book will remain ignorant of these communalities; reading it will not make you a genius either, but reading will leave you a lot less of a politically innocent nincompoop than before – and I speak of personal experience here.