The magic kingdom : property, monarchy, and the maximum republic / Dan Hind.

by Hind, Dan [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Winchester, UK : Zero Books, 2014.Description: vii, 144 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781782794035.Subject(s): Monarchy -- Great BritainLooking glass | Political culture -- Great BritainLooking glass | RepublicanismLooking glass | State, The -- PhilosophyLooking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | Great Britain -- Politics and governmentLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-130). Alternative form: Electronic version: The magic kingdom : property, monarchy, and the maximum republic 9781782794028
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Anyone who knows anything about Britain knows that it is a democracy and a constitutional monarchy. The trouble is, it is neither. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is one of the most exotic nations on earth. In the republican form of government a defined public exercise sovereign power. Most modern states describe themselves as democratic republics. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is an anomaly, in that formal sovereignty is still denied to its people. In The Magic Kingdom Dan Hind explores what the republican tradition has to offer the British at a time of deep political, social and economic dislocation. He considers what innovations are necessary if liberty is to be secured in current conditions. His argument will surprise many who consider themselves republicans. It will upset those who benefit from the current arrangements. It offers a way forward for those who can no longer tolerate steepening inequality and its associated ills. Existing republican institutions have not been able to deliver public control of the state. If substantive democracy is to be possible in large and complex societies, the systems of communication, subsidy and credit must be made subject to popular oversight and control. In a disarmingly calm manner, Hind shows how this can be done, by minor adjustments to the existing institutions. Perhaps, unlikely as it sounds, Britain will provide the venue for the world's first truly republican society. Longlisted for the BREAD AND ROSES PRIZE 2015

Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-130).

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue: A Constitutional Crisis (p. 1)
  • Introduction: The Needs of Oligarchy (p. 4)
  • Chapter 1 A Time-Honoured Improvisation (p. 18)
  • Chapter 2 CSI: UK (p. 34)
  • Chapter 3 Republican Principles (p. 63)
  • Chapter 4 Maximum Republic (p. 82)
  • Chapter 5 From Here to There (p. 101)
  • Conclusion: A Republican Style of Life (p. 122)
  • Acknowledgements and Further Reading (p. 129)
  • Notes (p. 131)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dan Hind is an author, journalist and editor. His second book, The Return of the Public, was the winner of the 2011 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize.

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