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A toxic ideology rules the world of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that reengages people in politics and lights a path to a better world.
George Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a new politics: a 'politics of belonging'.
Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganized from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society.
Urgent and passionate, Out of the Wreckage provides the hope and clarity required to change the world.
©2017 George Monbiot (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By EdinburghLad on 07-13-18

A cornerstone of the democratic revolution

This short but powerful book provides a vision of the world as it should and could be, calling on real world examples that give us stars to navigate by. One of the most vital works of the 21st Century revolution to reclaim democracy.

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By Magpie on 07-09-18

Perfect timing.

This excellent book is exactly what we need right now. Practical, inspirational, and perfectly timed. Don't give up on humans just yet!

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By grimnortherner on 05-21-18

A rather sketchy map towards a new political era

Monbiot starts with a neat and eloquent rant about where we are, how we got here, and seemingly, how doomed we are to remain. At first I didn’t feel as though we ever would get out of the wreckage at all, and for all the clever and stimulating analysis, it felt like he was going to leave us languishing.

In the end the books wraps up quite nicely and left this listener feeling at least a little bit inspired and much more able to diagnose and potentially treat the causes of his current political malaise. Of all the post-Brexit self help books I’ve consumed, this one is probably the most effective yet.

A good balance of political and economic analysis throughout. Though for all the talk of the person, the people, the commons; and the need to tell an engaging story; the book feels rather impersonal and doesn’t have a hero that draws the listener in. Maybe Monbiot sees himself filling that role - in that respect he makes a brave attempt, but I’m not quite convinced.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vicky on 01-10-18

Comprehensive and inspiring

A succint yet rich in concrete proposals blueprint for a new society. Direct participation now appears irresistible.

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By Huge Ackman on 07-10-18

Very powerful, very practical

This book is the antidote to that feeling of hopelessness that one gets looking at our current political situation. I found myself completely inspired; to the point of having to Interrupt myself listening, ‘put the book down’ and do something. This is a must read for anyone wanting to make a real difference, share this with your local representatives and candidates, buy them a copy even. This is how we get power back to the people!

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By Alexa Forbes on 07-09-18

A good look at a complex subject

I found this book often depressing, when i hoped it would be more uplifting. That said, it's a well researched, well written piece of work and he reads it beautifully. I think his plan for a new political era is probably sound, but it seemed very USA focused and the context will be different in other parts of the world. I generally enjoyed it and learned much. Well worth a read, and worth trying to implement his plan.

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