The New Class War

Saving Democracy from the Metropolitan Elite

Michael Lind
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A maverick thinker who's drawn the applause of both the left and right offers a bold new framework for understanding the turmoil in the West.

An Evening Standard's Book of the Year

'A tour de force.' - David Goodhart

All over the West, party systems have shattered and governments have been thrown into turmoil. The embattled establishment claims that these populist insurgencies seek to overthrow liberal democracy. The truth is no less alarming but is more complex: Western democracies are being torn apart by a new class war.

In this controversial and groundbreaking analysis, Michael Lind, one of America's leading thinkers, debunks the idea that the insurgencies are primarily the result of bigotry and reveals the real battle lines. He traces how the breakdown of class compromises has left large populations in Western democracies politically adrift. We live in a globalized world that benefits elites in high income 'hubs' while suppressing the economic and social interests of those in more traditional lower-wage 'heartlands'.

A bold framework for understanding the world, The New Class War argues that only a fresh class settlement can avert a never-ending cycle of clashes between oligarchs and populists - and save democracy.

Author bio:

Michael Lind is the author of more than a dozen books of nonfiction, fiction and poetry. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Politico, The Financial Times, The National Interest, Foreign Policy and The International Economy. He has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins and has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker, Harper's, and The New Republic.

Category: Politics & Government
ISBN: 9781786499578
Publisher: Atlantic
Imprint: Atlantic PBS
Pub Date: March 2021
Page Extent: 240
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Globalization