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How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship (edition 2019)

by Ece Temelkuran (Author)

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'This is essential' Margaret Atwood on Twitter 'She's one of the most acute and perceptive analysts of the furtive growth of fascism. Everyone should know about this' Philip Pullman 'Vibrates with outrage' The Times 'It couldn't happen here' Ece Temelkuran heard reasonable people in Britain say it the night of the Brexit vote. She 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 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. ing 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.… (more)
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Title:How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship
Authors:Ece Temelkuran (Author)
Info:Fourth Estate (2019), 272 pages
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Este libro arranca con aviones de combate sobrevolando Estambul, con bombas y disparos. Es el 15 de julio de 2016, y la autora contempla a través de la ventana el desarrollo del chapucero golpe de Estado que Erdogan sofocará en pocas horas, y que le proporcionará la excusa para activar un engranaje de detenciones y purgas. ¿Cómo llegó Turquía, que aspiraba a ser europea y moderna, a semejante situación?

Es tan claro como terrible: el populismo y el nacionalismo corroyeron el sistema y derivaron en tentación autoritaria. Pero eso no es exclusivo de Turquía. Lo vemos en Venezuela, y en Hungría, y hay señales de alarma en los Estados Unidos de Trump, en la Gran Bretaña del Brexit y en la Europa de la ultraderecha, que también ha llegado a España.

El volumen se organiza como un manual de instrucciones para llevar a un país de la democracia a la dictadura de facto en siete pasos, que la autora denuncia a modo de antídoto: crear un movimiento, trastocar la lógica y atentar contra el lenguaje, apostar por la posverdad, desmantelar los mecanismos judiciales y políticos, diseñar tu propio modelo de ciudadano, dejar que ese ciudadano se ría del horror y construir tu propio país a tu medida. Un texto imprescindible, que todos debería-mos leer antes de que sea demasiado tarde.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Oct 13, 2020 |
Die Autorin beschreibt den erstarkenden Rechtspopulismus und versucht antidemokratische Tendenzen in verschiedenen Ländern zu analysieren und Gemeinsamkeiten festzustellen. Gerade in der Türkei ist das Leben für intellektuelle Frauen wie die Autorin sehr schwer geworden und das beschreibt sie eindringlich.
Für mich ist das Buch inhaltlich dem gerade gelesenen Buch „Anstand“ von Axel Hacke vergleichbar. Auch hier stellt die Autorin sensibel dar, wie sehr verachtende und entwürdigende Verhaltensweisen salonfähig geworden sind, wie sich aber die rechten Bewegungen auf (erfundene oder empfundene) Opferrollen zurückziehen.
Für Deutschland kann ich mit Axel Hacke sagen: „Wie weit muss man von jeder Wirklichkeit entfernt sein, um unser Land für eine Bananenrepublik zu halten? Welche Ansprüche an das Leben muss man haben, wenn man als einfacher Bürger an einem Wochentag mittags in einem Lokal sitzen kann, die Steaks medium bestellt, draußen scheint die Sonne, unbewaffnete Fußgänger warten vor einer leeren Straße auf das Grün ihrer Ampel, nirgends stirbt jemand vor Hunger, und am Bahnhof fahren die Züge pünktlich? (Gut, nicht jeden Tag, aber an diesem doch, ich weiß es.) Und dann so zu reden!“
Die Opferrolle, die Forderung nach Respekt der „vermeintlich vom Establishment Unterdrückten“, stößt mir am meisten auf.
Ich fand das Buch aber dennoch nicht gerade einfach zu lesen, es ist sehr assoziativ und damit unsystematisch geschrieben. Die einzelnen Aspekte sind jedoch schockierend. ( )
  Wassilissa | Apr 29, 2019 |
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Grabinger, MichaelaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niessen, IreenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olivero, GiulianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ramos Mena, Francisco J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Umut.

His name means 'hope' in my mother tongue.
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The fighter jets are breaking the dark sky into giant geometric pieces as if the air were a solid object.
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In Turkey, coups are played out over forty-eight-hour curfews, and the leftists are locked up at the end.
..the politicised and mobilised provincial grudge has announced its grand entrance onto the global stage with essentially the same statement in several countries: 'This is a movement, a new movement of real people beyond and above all political factions.'
...from Turkey to the United States, including the most developed countries with their seemingly strong democratic institutions, such as France, the UK and Germany, we have seen people assemble behind relentless, audacious populist leaders, in order to move together and attack the actuality they call the establishment; to attack the game itself, deeming it dysfunctional and corrupt.
[Donald Trump] gave them something solid to hate, and they gave him their votes. And once he started speaking in the name of we - as has happened many times over the course of history - they were willing to sacrifice themselves.
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'This is essential' Margaret Atwood on Twitter 'She's one of the most acute and perceptive analysts of the furtive growth of fascism. Everyone should know about this' Philip Pullman 'Vibrates with outrage' The Times 'It couldn't happen here' Ece Temelkuran heard reasonable people in Britain say it the night of the Brexit vote. She 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 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. ing 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.

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