And it’s linked to Catch-22?
It is. In Catch-22, Joseph Heller puts his finger on a universal social situation. There are various definitions of a Catch-22 but this is my favourite:
A paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of dependent situations. For example, you need experience to get a job, but you can’t get a job without experience (Catch-22).
The Tyranny of the Masses is a twenty-first century Catch-22. Many of us enjoy more personal agency than anyone has ever had, and every single day, humans make billions of individual choices. Yet those singular choices - when multiplied - create forces against which we, as individuals, have no power: financial crises, climate change, deforestation, water shortages, sea level rise, collapsing fish stocks, resource wars, and so on.
So I suggest we are experiencing a Tyranny of the Masses, being:
A paradoxical situation whereby individuals’ choices multiply to create powerful global forces against which individuals appear powerless. (Tyranny of the Masses).
Or maybe we do have more power than we imagine. That question lies at the core of the book.
So you want people to read your book and go save the world?
I would like people to use it to further consider who I, You and We are in the context of larger global trends and to take a hard look at our apparent apathy and actual agency. It is not a blueprint for revolution. It’s more like a map.