Such Little Accident: British Democracy and Its Enemies

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“When the people shall have nothing more to eat,” said Rousseau, “they will eat the rich.” But the rich are rather good at getting the poor to eat each other instead. In this provocative novella-length essay, Mike Robbins looks at how the British electoral system, social media, bullying by business, and a growing gap between rich and poor have led to deep fissures in British society. These have been exploited by those with an agenda of their own. As a result, democracy is now fragile. To repair it, we must look hard at the way information cycles through our society, and how our opinions are formed.
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Mike Robbins is a journalist turned development worker. He is also the author of Even the Dead are Coming (2009), a memoir of Sudan; Crops and Carbon (2011), on agriculture and climate change; three works of fiction, The Lost Baggage of Silvia Guzmán (2014), Three Seasons (2014), and Dog! (2015); and The Nine Horizons (2014), a pen-portrait of some of the countries in which he has worked and travelled since 1987.

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Published on
Nov 30, 2016
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Pages
30
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9780997881509
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English
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Political Science / Political Process / General
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