Testoring Danity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our LivesBook - 2014
Winner of the 2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
The co-author of the internationally bestselling The Rebel Sell brings us slow politics: promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate
The political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided--not between right and left, but between crazy and non-crazy, mainstream politics and populism. What's more, the crazies seem to have the upper hand. The rapid-fire pace of modern politics, the hypnotic repetition of daily news items and even the multitude of visual sources of information all make it difficult for the voice of reason to be heard.
In Enlightenment 2.0, bestselling author Joseph Heath argues for a new "slow politics." It is impossible to restore sanity merely by being sane and trying to speak in a reasonable tone of voice. The only way to restore sanity is by engaging in collective action against the social conditions that have crowded it out. In prose as accessible as that of Malcolm Gladwell and as robustly researched as Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, Heath offers us a roadmap through today's troubled political landscape.