How Democracy Ends – David Runciman

Review From User :

Short, but stimulating. The first three chapters describe possible ways in which democratic regimes can expire: (military) coups, catastrophes (from natural to nuclear) and technological advances. The last, and the most interesting chapter, examines several possible alternatives to democracy, rejecting two (pragmatic authoritarianism and epistocracy) and cautiously endorsing some form of technological accelerationism/adhocracy. Does not spare neither Trump nor blinkered liberalism that has contributed to the rise of the latest authoritarian movements.

Category: History, Political

How will democracy end? And what will replace it? A preeminent political scientist examines the past, present, and future of an endangered political philosophy
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Since the end of World War II, democracy’s sweep across the globe seemed inexorable. Yet today, it seems radically imperiled, even in some of the world’s most stable democracies. How bad could things get?

In How Democracy Ends, David Runciman argues that we are trapped in outdated twentieth-century ideas of democratic failure. By fixating on coups and violence, we are focusing on the wrong threats. Our societies are too affluent, too elderly, and too networked to fall apart as they did in the past. We need new ways of thinking the unthinkable-a twenty-first-century vision of the end of democracy, and whether its collapse might allow us to learn from our catastrophic mistakes and forge something better?

A provocative book by a major political philosopher, How Democracy Ends asks the most trenchant questions that underlie the disturbing patterns of our contemporary political life.

00. Preface: Thinking the unthinkable / Introduction: 2January 2017

01. Coup!

02. Catastrophe!

03. Technological takeover!

04. Something better?

05. Conclusion: This is how democracy ends / Epilogue: 20 January 2053