How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship

How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship

by Ece Temelkuran


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The Times

‘It couldn’t happen here’

Ece Temelkuran heard reasonable people in America say it the night Trump’s election was soundtracked by chants of ‘Build that wall.’

She heard reasonable people in Britain say it the night of the Brexit vote.

She heard reasonable people in Turkey say it as Erdoğan rigged elections, rebuilt the economy around cronyism, and labelled his opposition as terrorists.

How to Lose a Country is an impassioned plea, a warning to the world that populism and nationalism don’t march fully-formed into government; they creep. Award winning author and journalist Ece Temelkuran, identifies the early-warning signs of this phenomenon, sprouting up across the world from Eastern Europe to South America, in order to define a global pattern, and arm the reader with the tools to root it out.

Proposing alternative, global answers to the pressing – and too often paralysing – poltical questions of our time, Temelkuran explores the insidious idea of ‘real people’, the infantilisation of language and debate, the way laughter can prove a false friend, and the dangers of underestimating one’s opponent. She weaves memoir, history and clear-sighted argument into an urgent and eloquent defence of democracy.

No longer can the reasonable comfort themselves with ‘it couldn’t happen here.’ It is happening. And soon it may be too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008340612
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 809,585
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator, whose journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book award for her novel Women Who Blow on Knots, and the Ambassador of New Europe Award. She has been twice recognised as Turkey’s most-read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media (with three million twitter followers).

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Can I Do for You? 1

1 Create a Movement 15

2 Disrupt Rationale/Terrorise Language 49

3 Remove the Shame: Immorality is 'Hot' in the Post-Truth World 86

4 Dismantle Judicial and Political Mechanisms 122

5 Design Your Own Citizen 169

6 Let Them Laugh at the Horror 213

7 Build Your Own Country 252

Acknowledgements 281

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