My great friend Juan-Carlos de Martin got me acquainted with the work of someone I should have read for more than 10 years, and so should have you (assuming you didn’t). Colin Crouch is one of the key political thinkers of our time. From 2000 to 2004 he elaborated the concept of post-democracy, discussing the oligarchical drift of democracy, the increased and uncontrolled influence of global companies on policy-making. Though he is not an Internet-specialist, he described the development in citizens and civil society of new forms of critical spirit and agency which we tend to associate with the new digital culture and polity. Even more interesting, he made a case for the limits that these movements would face if they do not enter into an interaction and a reinvention of politics and political powers.
Recently, Colin Crouch published The Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism at the same publisher (Polity). I did not read it yet, but one can get a glimpse of both the ideas of the book and the character of its author by watching the “What remains of a public realm in a privatised society” video below. Colin Crouch is the physical embodiment of English humour and of humble commitment to the public good. He is an example for each of us. And there is not even an English Wikipedia page on this guy1.
- I start one later today if you don’t beat me [↩]