The Loyalty Trap

Why we have to resist the call of the herd

Original Title: Die Loyalitätsfalle

Hardcover with jacket, 208 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-60140-1
€ 18.00 [D] | € 18.50 [A] | CHF 25.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: February 22, 2021
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Rainer  Hank - The Loyalty Trap


A case for disloyalty

Loyalty has a good reputation – albeit one that's very much undeserved, thinks Rainer Hank. Loyalty not only prevents us from being free, but also encourages betrayal (for example at work), keeps us shackled to unhealthy relationships (for instance in our family or our social circle) and is an obstacle to change. Loyalty is a concept much favoured by populist tribalism, which behaves aggressively towards outsiders at the same time as it demands unconditional loyalty from its own ranks, and stigmatises dissenters as traitors.

Using many concrete examples from economics, society and politics, Rainer Hank – a passionate liberal – shows how loyalty can become a trap and how we can get out of it, and celebrates the liberating power of protest and defiance.


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