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Journey to Misarchy. Essay for another possible world (Voyage en misarchie. Essai pour tout reconstruire)



Original Language: French | 416 pp. | March 2017

2 Seas Represents: World Translation rights excl. French.

Over 3,000 copies sold


The most fascinating book of the decade and also the most revolutionary one. – Frédéric Taddéï

A true lesson of tolerance and hope in another world, And, as a bonus, it’s hilarious… — Le Canard Enchainé 

Rather than highlighting the flaws of the current system for the umpteenth time, he endeavors to make a mockery of it, imagining it all with utmost seriousness, the model of utopia, the contours of an ideal society…This brilliant exercise of political fiction that invites us to imagine a world reconstructed will deliver like a breath of fresh air to those who believe in another possible world. — Gauchebdo

In this work of political fiction, which is simultaneously profound and hilarious, the author brilliantly describes a free and democratic society with neither State nor capital. At last, a desirable and credible utopia! — Mediapart

At last, a utopic society that is not so different from our true democratic societies of today: a foundation of liberty, fraternity, and equality. — RTS

A revolutionary book between utopia and realism.[…]Rediscover life from a new angle in ROAD TO MISARCHY. […]This work is a gem. For me, it is a manuscript of hope that everyone should read. I was going to say we should make this “required reading,” but that would go against the Misarchist regime, which enforces nothing! — Parler d’Amour

Utopia, joyous and perfectly credible, halfway between novel and essay, the book is an account of a character lost in an unknown land after a plane crash. — Hors-Série

Sébastien Debourg is a law professor. After a plane accident on his way to Australia, he discovers an unknown country in which political organisation is a radical form of democracy, politically, economically, and socially: misarchy.

“Misarchy comes from Greek roots mis and archy.  From the verb misein: dislike, hate, as in “misogyny,” to hate women, or “misanthropy,” to hate people… And from archos: leader. Such as in “monarchy,” a political system with one leader, or “anarchy,” without leader.

“Yes, yes, I know.”

“Then you understand “misarchy:” a regime that hates leaders… It’s very simple. We hate domination. We hate power… We want more freedom and more equality.”

This essay is written in a novel form: a naive protagonist, full of a prioris and self-satisfaction faces new rules and new habits. Emmanuel Dockès, the author, uses this facetious style of storytelling to develop his proposal to think anew of our society in all its aspects: education, justice, work, family, etc. Throughout this journey, he develops highly progressive and daring ideas about participatory democracy, property, shared work, money, self-governance, entrepreneurial freedom, public services, and self-determination.

This long awaited return of political utopia, in the wake of Thomas Moore and Jonathan Swift, is not a call for a perfectly closed system, but an open door to build a better democracy together.

Emmanuel Dockès lives in Paris. A law professor in Paris-Nanterre University, an expert in labour rights, and an activist, he wrote and directed a “Proposition for a New Labour Code” for France: simpler, shorter, and more protective to workers (Dalloz, 2017).