This is my book review of The End of Democracy, by Christophe Buffin de Chosal.
Often in life, we end up complaining about some kind of a systemic problem in our society. Perhaps we on the Right complain about the taxes or regulations imposed by our government. Perhaps we complain that no matter who we put in power, nothing can stop our cultural degradation. We might complain about Hollywood, the news media, or the Washington Establishment’s unmovable grip on power and influence of our country. Conversely, those on the Left complain of racial divisions, the government’s lack of compassion, or the seemingly infinite power of the ultra wealthy.
We all are witnessing small parts of one, great big situation. We lack a culture, we lack a morality, and we lack a direction. The problem? The design and nature of our own political system, that very word which all people in the West seem to equate with goodness: democracy.
While it is true that we American’s actually are supposed to have a democratic republic, and while it is true that most Europeans by and large live under parliamentary democracies, people nevertheless continue to celebrate the idea that they ‘live in a democracy.” So celebrated is democracy, that we even tolerate devastating war in foreign places to try to spread it.
Everyone senses that something is wrong. Now, one writer has stepped forward to name this albatross on all of our backs. Christophe Buffin de Chosal’s book, The End of Democracy, spells out plainly why the West suffers from the problems it has. The problem, all this time, has been democracy itself.
In plain, accusational, easy-to-understand language, Chosal calls out democracy and the problems it has caused Western societies. Chosal’s words are so direct and critical that his explanations are likely to be comprehensible to even the youngest minds.
For me, after every page it was as though some kind of a dark spell was slowly undone in my mind. Questions I had never given thought to ask were swiftly answered, and the entire experience of reading End of Democracy felt as though a heavy, wet blanket was lifted off of me. This book clears one’s perceptions, and it is very much like an adrenaline shot that kicks you awake, making no apologies for opening your eyes.
As I went through The End of Democracy to make notes, I found myself highlighting entire pages. So potent is this book, that almost every page I open it to has some kind of note I’ve scribbled or highlighted section. If ever there were to be a book that deserved referencing in a political theory class–or even a history class–The End of Democracy clearly qualifies as a candidate for multiple citations. As a matter of fact, I have already begun referring to passages from this book in my writing.
Chosal wastes no time. He calls it out as he sees it. The West grows tired of the petty problems that plague it, and Chosal has grown tired of waiting for the truth to burst out into the open. The waters have been dammed up for far too long.
Many books exist that diligently and pedantically question our current institutions. But this plain-speaking book—and all of the sensibility with it—shall be the spearpoint that gives pause to present and future generations of our failing societies. It is my belief that this work will one day become wildly popular, and if I could put money down on this prediction, I would.
As the West crumbles, we find that “baseball and apple pie” just don’t tie us together anymore. Old assumptions have died away and decayed into a dry husk. New political trends will find their way into public discourse, and we will find new generations unblinded and unafraid to question the “democratic incantation” that has led us all so directly and impersonally towards extinction.
God bless Christophe Buffin de Chosal. I eagerly look forward to his next book. Although, I must say, it will be a mighty task for him to outdo such a book as this.