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Against Polling

Nathan Akehurst, Rosie Collington Jacobin
The polling industry claims to offer live snapshots of what the public thinks. Yet the obsession with polls is reducing politics to market research.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Ico Maly Diggit Magazine
This book argues, says reviewer Maly, that "the Googles and Facebooks of this world are shaping an antidemocratic world," using our data to produce "raw material in the production of predictive products that eliminate our freedom."

To Save Democracy, We Need Class Struggle

Adaner Usmani Jacobin
The historical record is clear: democracy was only won when poor people waged disruptive class struggle against the rich. We'll need more of it to save democracy today.

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Edge of Chaos

Paschal Donohoe The Irish Times
In this new book, Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo is concerned with the relationship between democracy and economic growth. Reviewer Donohoe considers whether the author sees any intrinsic value in democracy.

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Net Rupture

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
Charting worldwide disaffection with liberal democracy, the book is a deep dive into Trumpism, Macronism, Brexit and question marks over the European Union, as well as mass movements weary of voting corrupt politicos in and out of office.

Marx and the Democratization of Work

Richard D. Wolff Roar
The solution for capitalism’s problems requires transforming the capitalist workplace into democratic institutions where everyone has an equal say on what happens there.
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