An ambitious, thrilling manifesto, setting out a new relationship between the individual and the state and how we can get there
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The intersecting shockwaves from Covid 19, and the re-examination of old social structures that the Black Lives Matter protests have exposed, have revealed deep fault lines and irreparable damage to our old ways of living. In End State, James Plunkett argues that this offers tremendous opportunities to rethink, renew and reform some of the fundamentals of society. In much the same way as the end of World War Two saw the creation of the NHS and welfare state, he argues that as we live through these once in a generation dislocations, we need to set our compass for the new future we want to build.
James Plunkett has spent his career thinking laterally about the complicated relationships between individuals and the state. First as a special advisor to Gordon Brown, then as a member of the Resolution think tank and in current day job as Executive Director at Citizen's Advice, he has always focused on the ways that people actually live, rather than looking down from the ivory tower of academia.
Now, in his first book, he'll set out his argument for the ten ways that our relationship with the state isn't fit for purpose and how it needs to change. Covering a dizzyingly ambitious and global range of references, from London's 18th Century sewage systems to the future of digital education, this is a thrillingly iconoclastic manifesto for navigating the future, which will be required reading.