The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts 1st Edition
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"Babones’ relentless critique of the liberal expert class brilliantly exposes their contempt for ordinary people. A crucial contribution to our understanding of how contemporary liberalism is increasingly illiberal and undemocratic."
Adrian Pabst, co-author of The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future
"An overdue and rational corrective about populism and authoritarianism."
"Brilliantly insightful and always fair-minded, The New Authoritarianism is a compelling insider’s account of how the liberal-minded became close-minded."
"This is a superb book. Anyone interested in politics must read it; it is one of those rare tracts which is constantly rewarding."
About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.1 ounces
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1509533095
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509533091
- Product Dimensions : 4.7 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
- Publisher : Polity; 1st Edition (October 22, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #226,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before I go on let me mention that I kept stuttering on the terms "liberal" and "illiberal." Dr. Babones is very clear on what he means with great precision. It is just foreign to my imprecise definitions.
For me this book was a revelatory insight. It destroyed my entire context of political insight in a very positive way. Dr. Babones sets out three political philosophies - progressivism, liberalism, and conservatism. He suggests that they are all in constant tension. So I ask myself: "What am I?" The answer turns out to be "confused" because I am a never ending morphing mix of the three. As it turns out so are and were the policies of the American political parties over time
Given that "Trump" is in the title you probably wonder about Dr. Babones point of view. I assure you that you will never hear it on Fox News or read it on the opinion pages of the New York Times or Washington Post. It is far more nuanced and elegant. To explain it would be a spoiler. You have to read the book!
The book is descriptive, not prescriptive. I left with a new mindset to explore my political beliefs. I found this far more appealing then being given "expert" solutions.
Relatively short and easy to read with not a small amount of humor it is a great read
In the 2020 cycle Bernie topped of at about 30% of the democratic vote in the primeries. Considering that Gallup finds that between 27-33% of Americans self identify as Democrats, Bernie's hard core supporter is around 10%
This small academically aimed book clocks in at about 120 pages and the headline was my reaction. I felt while reading it that the book was truly very interesting and a calm rational manner.
The author's thesis is an attempt to rationalize the current political environment and explain it in terms of historical events in American and indeed Western political history. We see Trump's election in a context that is both rational and compelling in that the author believes it is a reordering of forces dating back to two centuries ago.
If you are looking for a tome, an expose, or a screed, this is certainly not it. What this is for me was a rather learned calm discussion of American politics as it is happening now.
If you are interested, I highly recommend this book. A quick but powerful read.
Top reviews from other countries
One can't help that in a way, people are right. But you wan't them to vote anyway, because it is so important that one exercises his franchise.
This fine, small booklet holds a mirror in front of anyone who thinks that people are talking rubbish when they vote leave, or vote Trump, or are just fed up with the circus in Brussels.
Yes, the Orange Man Bad is a loud mouthed, narcissistic hoodlum. But he is not a threat to democracy, or even worse. The author presents some awkwardly strong arguments to the contrary. That in fact Trump is not the threat he is perceived to be. If he is a threat he is to a certain class of people.
In a way it touches on the Böckenförde dilemma albeit from a sociological point.