Ed Miliband's challenge to "the manufactured, the polished, the presentational" practice of politics, where democracy is reduced to "showbiz, a game, who is up and who is down," deserves to be discussed in terms that go beyond the effect this may have on his own electoral prospects. It should open up a larger debate on what's wrong with the practice of democracy today. For it is indeed the case that "people's sense of the artificiality, the triviality, the superficiality of politics is more highly tuned than ever," not only in the U.K., but in one country after another.
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Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it's not about carbon -- it's about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.
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SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism
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