Within each society are sub-cultures--groups that believe that our problems require radical solutions. Journalist Jamie Bartlett, an expert on these groups, takes readers into the strange worlds of the innovators, disrupters, idealists, and extremists who think we can do better, and believe they know how. From the Islamic State to transhumanists, from followers of Bernie Sanders, Beppe Grillo, and Jeremy Corbyn to citizens of Liberland, the world's first libertarian nation--all these groups are grappling with very real problems in our society. Their methods may be extreme, scary, or outlandish, but Bartlett argues that they must be taken seriously.
The success of democratic societies hinge on our ability to grapple with--and in some cases learn from--the radical movements in our midst. It has been true throughout our history, and it is true today. In chasing utopia, these groups are challenging what is possible in politics and previewing the ways in which our society will change.
Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and a technology columnist for the Telegraph. His first book, The Dark Net, was longlisted for the Orwell Prize, nominated for the Debut Political Book of the Year and the Transmission Prize, and was named a best book of the year by NPR, the Washington Post, the New Statesman, the Independent, and Flavorwire. He has appeared on NPR and has written for Salon, The Spectator, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Aeon.