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  • Democracy for Sale

  • Dark Money and Dirty Politics
  • By: Peter Geoghegan
  • Narrated by: Peter Geoghegan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Summary

Democracy for Sale is the story of how money, vested interests and digital skulduggery are eroding trust in democracy - and a powerful account of what must be done about it.

Democracy is in crisis. Politicians lie gleefully, making wild claims that can be shared instantly with millions of people on social media. Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Jair Bolsonaro and populists in many other countries are the beneficiaries. Democracy for Sale is a diligent, brilliant guide through a shadowy world of dark money and digital disinformation stretching from Westminster to Washington and far beyond. Peter Geoghegan shows how antiquated electoral laws are broken with impunity, how secretive lobbying bends our politics out of shape, and how Silicon Valley tech giants have colluded in selling out democracy. He investigates politicians, fabulously well-funded partisan think tanks, propagandists who know how to game a rigged system, and the campaigners and regulators valiantly trying to stop them.

©2020 Peter Geoghegan (P)2020 Head of Zeus

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“Thorough, gripping and vitally important.” (Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland)

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Scary stuff

How did the Conservatives gain a massive election victory in Labour held seats in 2019, despite 10 years of austerity, screwing up Brexit and being led by an incompetent lying fool? This book explains it.
Well written, well researched and well told. Everyone needs to read this book to help guide you through the minefield of politics in today’s digital life.

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important and interesting

I felt it was interesting but missed an opportjnity to discuss the fundementals of humans, populism and the mechanisms of manipulation.... focused on the how rather than the why

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Frightening yet underlining all thyour worst fears

For something that could be dry and heavy the machinations around Brexit are laid out for our examination in this, and it's worrying and frightening. The UK democratic political system is shot, ruined and finished, and this explains how and why and shows that we were asleep at the wheel a few years back. Geoghegan makes a good effort to finish positively but we're in a worse position now than we were when he wrote it. An important document that should be read by all.

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Great listen,, well narrated., give it a try

Brilliantly researched, great narration by Peter, kept my attention throughout. I do hope more take note of this book and the subject matter, its not about left or right.. It's about democracy

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Shows what is going on behind closed doors

It really digs deep to those who really control what and whom. Very thought provoking