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Politics has never been more unpredictable, with the rise of radical populist movements across the Western world. Rebel explains how we got here, and where we are heading - by someone who has been at the forefront of the insurgency against politics-as-usual.
The rise of populist movements, argues Carswell, is a reaction against the emergence of a political and economic oligarchy. "Politics" writes Carswell "is a cartel. Like the economy, it is rigged in the interests of a few".
Douglas helped found Vote Leave - the official Brexit campaign - and won his seat in Parliament at the last election as UKIP's only successful candidate.
A major reassessment of the history and politics of the West, Rebel puts forward a bold new thesis, explaining the forces that have caused nations to thrive or fail. In doing so, Rebel places the rise of the new radicals today in a historic context, drawing comparisons with what happened as oligarchy emerged in the Roman, Venetian and Dutch republics of the past.
"Anti oligarch radicals" Carswell notes "have often made the oligarchs seem the more attractive option." So, too, today, he suggests.
A robust defense of the liberal order, Carswell argues that it is the liberal order that has allowed us to flourish. Yet "we face a twin assault; oligarchs on the one hand, and radical populists emerging in response to them on the other. Sweeping change is needed if the liberal order is to survive".
Rebel goes on to propose a radical reform of politics and capitalism to free democracy from the cartels. Drawing on Carswell's first-hand experience in taking on and beating the established political parties, it shows practical steps to make this revolutionary change happen.
"When I first stood for Parliament, I believe that all we needed were the right kind of ministers, pursuing the right sort of plans. Now I believe we need a revolution".