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Noted: Disengagement and idiocy

Volume 21, Issue 2

October, 2015

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Cass, P. (2015). Disengagement and idiocy. Pacific Journalism Review, 21(2): 213-214. Book review of American Democracy, by Andrew Perrin. Cambridge: Polity Press. 2014, 228pp. ISBN 978-0-7456622-32-9.
Author(s): Philip Cass
Reviewed book by Andrew Perrin
Publication date: 
October, 2015

Perrin's study of American democracy begins by stating what has become a commonplace of fear in many democracies, that people have become cynical and distrusting of the democractic system and that apathy and political disengagement are widespread. Only multi-millionaries backed by capitalist corporations with the deepest pockets can afford to run for office in the United States and nobody in power seems to be in any hurry to do anything about it.