There was no Reichstag fire. No storming of the Bastille. No mutiny on the Aurora. Instead, the mediocre have seized power without firing a single shot. They rose to power on the tide of an economy where workers produce assembly-line meals without knowing how to cook at home, give customers instructions over the phone that they themselves don’t understand, or sell books and newspapers that they never read.
Canadian intellectual juggernaut Alain Deneault has taken on all kinds of evildoers: mining companies, tax-dodgers, and corporate criminals. Now he takes on the most menacing threat of all: the mediocre.
Alain Deneault is a writer, philosopher, and academic known for his exposés of off-shore tax havens and mining giants. But now, he delves in to our present-day struggle against a global regime that seeks to extinguish critical thought. He is a Director of the Collège international de philosophie in Paris and is a professor of sociology at the Université de Québec à Montréal. Mediocracy has sold over 50,000 copies in French.
"If we live in an age where gasbags and show-offs increasingly walk the halls of power, Alain Deneault's brilliant and witty book reveals the truth behind the grandstanding: a crushing and intolerant mediocracy. The extreme average is now the new normal. You know who they are. The brainless politician who acts on a 'hunch'. Professors who can't teach without hundreds of pointless PowerPoint slides. Business managers who have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. Painfully average students. Deneault's book is essential reading for anyone today who still cares about escaping the insipid banality of neoliberal capitalism."
—Peter Fleming, author of The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation