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The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century [Kindle Edition]

Carne Ross
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“It’s been a long time since I’ve read a more interesting, informing, and inspiring book than The Leaderless Revolution.” —Bill Moyers

What can we do beyond Occupy Wall Street? Political and economic systems are failing us, and it’s time for citizens to create change—individually and collaboratively. In The Leaderless Revolution, Carne Ross sounds a call to action. With dramatic stories from the United States and around the world, Ross’s analysis contrasts with the naïve, Panglossian optimism of globalization boosters like Thomas Friedman. Uncontrolled economic volatility, perpetual insecurity, rampant inequality, and accelerating climate change are heading us into a dangerous period of prolonged crisis. Ross—a former British diplomat to Iraq who resigned over his nation’s involvement in the U.S.-led invasion—draws from his own experiences to offer an empowering new vision of how we can put things right.

Editorial Reviews


"An impassioned, idealistic critique of the state of global politics and the deepening rift between those with power and those without."
The Guardian
"So bold, so full of incontestable truths and overwhelming convictions, that it should be read by every diplomat, politician and thinking citizen with the courage to pick it up."
—John le Carré
“It’s been a long time since I’ve read a more interesting, informing and inspiring book than ‘The Leaderless Revolution."
—Bill Moyers
“Intriguing … the author provides many fascinating personal insights into the crises not only in Iraq, but also Afghanistan, Kosovo, Mauretania and Sudan.”
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About the Author

 Carne Ross lives in New York City.

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  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399158723
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X0JSKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Occupy this Book! January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The philosophy outlined here presaged the sudden appearance and force of the Occupy Wall St. movement. Written with courage and candor by a former instrument of a nation (British diplomat, envoy to the UN}, it's revealing that the author not only regrets his past involvement with falsely justified and failed policy, but that he has come to reject the very notion of nation states' ability to solve any serious problems at all. Mr. Ross adroitly weaves in a narrative of his personal experiences, describing his attempts to mediate crises in the Balkans and the Middle East; hamstrung, as he came to understand, by his immersion in a myopic culture of modern noblesse oblige. There's insights throughout and even a constructive reinterpretation of the "Golden Rule" to be considered. I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about why the multi-dimensional challenges we're facing aren't going to be addressed effectively by anyone in positions of power - now or evermore. Instead you'll learn how you might act yourself from your own convictions, and along with many others doing the same, effect the change we need.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 for Superficial Overview, 3 for Pretense May 13, 2012
It is unfortunate that Amazon's superb "Look Inside the Book" has been limited by the publisher to only the introduction, as I would like the potential buyer to have a much greater feel for the book that the reviews or the few front pages can offer, before making a decision.

Here is the bottom line: nothing in this book is a new insight, and I am astonished by the claimed editorial reviews, as they seem oblivious of the decades of work by others in the areas of co-evolution, panarachy, collective intelligence, hybrid governance, open source everything, small is beautiful, human scale, Epoch B, resilience, intelligence at the edges of the network, etcetera. In other words, this book is more of a "quickie" book, not at all the "deeply researched" effort that is claimed, and it is at best a survey that barely scratches the surface of my two master lists, of lists of book reviews I have done here at Amazon, a means of reading all my reviews sorted into many categories (including the future of democracy, of capitalism, etcetera). The positive list is the one to focus on for everything that this author attempts to convey, and points to many of the sources that the book does not cite. Both lists were the foundation for my 2010 book listed below after my name. The negative list documents the obvious, but with a structure that has been lacking in critiques to date, most are incoherent for lack of an analytic model. To get to the link, just search for full name of the list as shown below.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Pointless Revolution November 17, 2013
It is strange how, without knowing each other, Carne Ross and I always sit on opposite sides of the fence. He was a UK diplomat whose job it was to secure legitimacy to deadly sanctions and an armed intervention in Iraq; I was a fervent supporter of Dominique de Villepin's speech at the UN, vigorously opposing war. He founded an NGO whose mission statement is to "provide diplomatic services to people who need it most"; I have always been concerned by the rampant privatization of government services, from armed mercenaries to hired PR consultants. He helped new states or struggling ethnic minorities carve their territory on the map; I am of the opinion that there are already too many nation-states around, and that the future belongs to superstates or federal unions like the EU. He joined the crowd occupying Wall Street and approved of their demands and participatory methods; I take these demonstrations as empty sloganeering and a disturbance to public order. He is a self-proclaimed anarchist and wants to make the world a better place, one individual at a time; I believe in social hierarchies and I would surmise that philosophers (to reverse Marx's famous thesis) have hitherto devoted too much time to changing the world in various ways; the point now is to interpret it.

I don't deny Carne Ross a certain form of courage: he stands up to his opinions, and carries his convictions to their ultimate consequences. He resigned from the UK's diplomatic corps over his country's involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq, confirming belatedly what protester all over Europe had been claiming all along. He is not afraid to label himself an anarchist, in the manner of English writer George Orwell, who took up arms to fight alongside the Spanish Republicans in 1936.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting there. . . April 22, 2012
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Ross has his sights set correctly on the inability of centralized authority to solve most of the global challenges confronting humankind. Governments have neither the knowledge of specific places under their control nor the money to make a difference. His insights as a former British diplomat are insightful and interesting. At the same time, the force of his essay falters at the end when he tries to craft a set of responses to the challenge. I'm glad I purchased and read the book, it is a useful touchstone in my work organizing local communities. Hopefully another author will pick up the theme and further expand the ideas with information on current movements towards local control whether in food production and distribution or dealing with other needed changes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good info
In total, this book is more of an open apology of past transgressions, than a blue print to change.
I do not believe for a minute that the riff raf in the streets were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stewart Degner
4.0 out of 5 stars A book necessary for understanding the world a bit better
There are many books trying to explain many facts that are happening in our world. I think "The Leaderless Revolution" does. Or, at least, it is very close.
Published 7 months ago by Angel Rua
4.0 out of 5 stars A Manifesto that Presaged the Occupy Movement
Carne Ross is a fascinating man. His previous book, "Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite" is one of the most insightful and engrossing books you'll... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Lane
2.0 out of 5 stars Knot good
knots in wood made 3 break in half. glad i bought extras for the garden! do knot buy. do knot recommend.
Published 13 months ago by keek
5.0 out of 5 stars Methods for revolution
An interesting read and hopefully, the people will rise up and fix the problems. We should not despair for our country as we always seem to rise to the necessary occasion.
Published 18 months ago by Janice M. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend to a friend interested in direct action or the OWS...
Good book although a little idealistic. I used this for a book report for a college class. The teacher liked my work and I did make an A. Easy, quick read.
Published 20 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars The Leaderless Revolution
Very interesting and hopeful, though perhaps too optimistic about the future of humanity. Recommended for anyone interested in leadership problems.
Published 24 months ago by Rosemary
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Leaderless Revolution : ...21st Century" > Guide For Ordinary...
>>>..."The Leaderless Revolution : ...21st Century", Circa 2012, is a "Must-Read & Use", Call-To-Action, Bold Guide which argues that rather than rely on failing political &... Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Michael GreenGold
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Published on May 31, 2012 by F. Kline
5.0 out of 5 stars The Leaderless revolution
This book, regardless of one's political position, is an exceptionally well written, in-depth look at our government, our economy and corporations. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by Amanda
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