In this provocative book, Adrian Pabst contends that liberal democracy is illiberal and undemocratic – intolerant about the values of ordinary people while concentrating power and wealth in the hands of unaccountable elites.
Author: Adrian Pabst
Liberals blame the global retreat of liberal democracy on globalisation and authoritarian leaders. Only liberalism, so they assume, can defend democratic rule against multinationals or populists at home and abroad. In this provocative book, Adrian Pabst contends that liberal democracy is illiberal and undemocratic – intolerant about the values of ordinary people while concentrating power and wealth in the hands of unaccountable elites. Under the influence of contemporary liberalism, democracy is sliding into oligarchy, demagogy and anarchy. Liberals, far from defending open markets and free speech, promote monopolies like the new tech giants that undermine competition and democratic debate. Liberal individualism has eroded the social bonds and civic duties on which democracy depends for trust and cooperation. To banish liberal democracy’s demons, Pabst proposes radical ideas for economic democracy, a politics of persuasion and a better balance of personal freedom with social solidarity. This book’s defence of democratic politics against both liberals and populists will speak to all readers trying to understand our age of upheaval.
In The Demon in Democracy, Legutko explores the shared objectives between these two political systems, and explains how liberal democracy has over time lurched towards the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet style brutalality.
Author: Ryszard Legutko
Publisher: Encounter Books
Category: Political Science
Ryszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades—and he fought with the Polish ant-communist movement to abolish it. Having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, however, he has discovered that these two political systems have a lot more in common than one might think. They both stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture, and human nature. In The Demon in Democracy, Legutko explores the shared objectives between these two political systems, and explains how liberal democracy has over time lurched towards the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet style brutalality. Both systems, says Legutko, reduce human nature to that of the common man, who is led to believe himself liberated from the obligations of the past. Both the communist man and the liberal democratic man refuse to admit that there exists anything of value outside the political systems to which they pledged their loyalty. And both systems refuse to undertake any critical examination of their ideological prejudices.
... the Encyclopédie méthodique included an article on the subject by Jacques
Peuchet, a well-respected liberal political ... allow for an articulation between
essentially democratic concerns about the legitimacy of power and essentially liberal ...
Author: Ben Kafka
Publisher: Mit Press
A history and theory of the powers, the failures, and even the pleasures of paperwork.
Here one can ask what conception brings together liberal and democratic
concepts , those of rights and participation , adds to liberalism and democratic
theory . There is a similar problem with apparent dedifferentiation of liberal democratic ...
Legutko did not denounce classical liberal democracy, neither did he deny his
preference for Western liberal democracy over Eastern communism during the
Cold War. Yet he rejected the contemporary liberal consensus, where the liberal
Author: Balázs Trencsenyi
A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe, Volume II Part II examines the defeat of the vision of 'socialism with a human face' in 1968 and the political discourses produced by the various 'consolidation' or 'normalization' regimes. It closes with pertinent questions about the fragility of the democratic order globally.
... worm wriggling under the spade of fate ; he was subject to the stars , to the demons , to the irrational and irresistible . ... whether they be Trade Unions or
Employers ' Federations or political parties , THE IDEA OF LIBERAL DEMOCRACY.
For the liberal democracies, the terrain is decidedly different: one can argue
persuasively that there was no inevitable zero-sum trade-off between the pursuit
of consumption and the exercise of citizenship, at least as notions of citizenship
Author: Cristofer Scarboro
What does the good life mean in a "backward" place? As communist regimes denigrated widespread unemployment and consumer excess in Western countries, socialist Eastern European states simultaneously legitimized their power through their apparent ability to satisfy consumers' needs. Moving beyond binaries of production and consumption, the essays collected here examine the lessons consumption studies can offer about ethnic and national identity and the role of economic expertise in shaping consumer behavior. From Polish VCRs to Ukrainian fashion boutiques, tropical fruits in the GDR to cinemas in Belgrade, The Socialist Good Life explores what consumption means in a worker state where communist ideology emphasizes collective needs over individual pleasures.
its attempt to settle the paradox inherent in its precarious relation to its past.4 The
urgency of signaling a total break, a radical and irreversible discontinuity
between the nascent liberal democratic order and its totalitarian National
Author: Nitzan Shoshan
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
Since German reunification in 1990, there has been widespread concern about marginalized young people who, faced with bleak prospects for their future, have embraced increasingly violent forms of racist nationalism that glorify the country's Nazi past. The Management of Hate, Nitzan Shoshan’s riveting account of the year and a half he spent with these young right-wing extremists in East Berlin, reveals how they contest contemporary notions of national identity and defy the clichés that others use to represent them. Shoshan situates them within what he calls the governance of affect, a broad body of discourses and practices aimed at orchestrating their attitudes toward cultural difference—from legal codes and penal norms to rehabilitative techniques and pedagogical strategies. Governance has conventionally been viewed as rational administration, while emotions have ordinarily been conceived of as individual states. Shoshan, however, convincingly questions both assumptions. Instead, he offers a fresh view of governance as pregnant with affect and of hate as publicly mediated and politically administered. Shoshan argues that the state’s policies push these youths into a right-extremist corner instead of integrating them in ways that could curb their nationalist racism. His point is certain to resonate across European and non-European contexts where, amid robust xenophobic nationalisms, hate becomes precisely the object of public dispute. Powerful and compelling, The Management of Hate provides a rare and disturbing look inside Germany’s right-wing extremist world, and shines critical light on a German nationhood haunted by its own historical contradictions.
The Federal Republic's success has once and for all exorcised the demons of the
Sonderweg. ... Germany, as a fully established member of the club of liberal- democratic states, will not go to war against other liberal democracies; domestic ...
Author: Andrei S. Markovits
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Political Science
What does the unification of Germany really mean? In their stimulating exploration of that question, Andrei S. Markovits and Simon Reich sketch diametrically different interpretations than are frequently offered by commentators. One is that Germany, well aware of the Holocaust, has been 'Europeanized' and is now prepared to serve as the capitalist and democratic locomotive that powers Europe. The other is that the proclivities behind Auschwitz have been suppressed rather than obliterated from the German psyche. Germany's liberal democracy was imposed by the allied victors, according to this view, and will one day dissolve, revealing the old expansionist tendencies to try to 'Germanize' all of Europe. Markovits and Reich argue that benign contemporary assessments of Germany's postwar democracy, combined with admiration for the country's economic achievements, contribute to German influence far greater than military might was able to achieve. Yet, at the same time, some Germans have internalized liberal and pacifist principles and now see their nation as powerless, simply a larger Switzerland. As a result, while the Germans have enormous influence and latitude, they have not taken responsibility for leadership. The prime reason for this gap beween ideology and structure, Markovits and Reich suggest, lies in the politics of collective memory.
This deep - rooted scepticism , which in Europe often led to a fundamental
rejection of the rationalist premises of liberal - democratic thought , was not
confined to Vienna . Conservative writers like Gustave le Bon and Gabriel Tarde ,
Author: Jacob Leib Talmon
Publisher: Israel Academy of Sciences
Conference held June 1990 under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
This bold book shows that only a politics which fuses economic justice with social solidarity and ecological balance can overcome our deep divisions and save us from authoritarian backlash.
Author: Adrian Pabst
Hyper-capitalism and extreme identity politics are driving us to distraction. Both destroy the basis of a common life shared across ages and classes. The COVID-19 crisis could accelerate these tendencies further, or it could herald something more hopeful: a post-liberal moment. Adrian Pabst argues that now is the time for an alternative – postliberalism – that is centred around trust, dignity, and human relationships. Instead of reverting to the mutual suspicion and destabilising inhumanity of 'just-in-time' free-market globalisation, we could build a politics upon the sense of localism and community spirit, the valuing of family, place and belonging, which was a real theme of lockdown. We are not obliged to put up with the restoration of a broken status quo that erodes trust, undermines institutions and trashes our precious natural environment. We could build a pluralist democracy, decentralise the state, and promote mutualist markets embedded in the everyday economy. This bold book shows that only a politics which fuses economic justice with social solidarity and ecological balance can overcome our deep divisions and save us from authoritarian backlash.
Liberal party , assume democracy . But Pierre Trudeau advocates it . He grew up
with the demon of Duplessis , and liberal democracy is to be found in the context
of Canada , but not of Quebec , so he advocated Canadian federalism as well .
There are intrinsic demands within each ultimate value sphere and, since they
are in conflict with one another, there are no independently important sources of
meaning except the nobility with which one struggles for one's god or demon.
Author: Richard Wellen
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
"Dilemmas in Liberal Democratic Thought since Max Weber" establishes Max Weber's work as a touchstone for surveying the theoretical dilemmas of the liberal democratic tradition. Through a subtle examination of Weber's status as a political thinker we are invited to consider new interpretations of later figures such as MacIntyre, Rorty, Strauss, and Habermas. Perhaps the most important contribution is Wellen's account of the tacit alternatives liberal thought has discovered in its own foundation and practical implications.
liberal democracy.44 The relationships among past violence , methods for
dealing with the consequences of that violence and the quality of democracy
have not received the necessary theoretical or empirical attention they merit .
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... negative projections of our history and experience of liberalism and the demons that have tempted or threatened it . ... I thus want to consider bent twig
nationalism by initially bracketing out our liberal democratic prejudices ,
contradicting ... Their sympathy comes front loaded with an agenda for
vindicating and advancing liberal democracy , or whatever might be saved of it in
so - called postmodernity .
Author: Luis E. Lugo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
Category: Political Science
Renewed ethnic and nationalist strife, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, rogue states that disregard elementary norms of international conduct, brutal regimes that torture their own citizens, the widespread use of terrorism, and other trends demonstrate the dangerous and unpredictable nature of international politics in the Post-Cold War Era. The prominent contributors to this edition reassess these problems from a moral-philosophical perspective in an effort to move beyond familiar ways of thinking. These insightful essays draw on a long and rich tradition of Christian political reflection to cast a moral light on international politics and to enrich public discourse on these pressing matters. Sovereignty at the Crossroads? is important reading for everyone concerned about the political stability, economic development, and ecological integrity of the post-cold war world. Sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship.
This is one important way in which democracy demon dom liberal democracy is
not adequately equipped to do justice strates that it subscribes to a politics of
accountability . to the value of equality . Social democracy is set on countering
In the United States , there is a dominant story about the founding of a nation by
people in search of freedom who were dedicated to the principles of liberal democracy . According to this story , military aggression by the U . S . government
Author: Kathleen J. Ferraro
Category: Social Science
A provocative study of the complex relationship between domestic violence and women's crime.
As one liberal Presbyterian minister wryly commented , “ So under the Christmas
tree this year for little Johnny is this ... threatened their own congregants with
excommunication if they voted for the liberal Democratic candidate John Kerry ,
Author: Michael Parenti
Argues that many of the evil done in the world throughout history was in the name of religion and that followers of religous leaders and others in power are being exploited.
He surveyed the Arch Demon quizzically . ... The trouble with you of the liberal - democratic block is that you never read the Demon ' s side of the question ,
because all the bibles and all theological books have been written by Yahowians
As Nikolas Rose has written , the " citizens of a liberal democracy are to regulate
themselves " , and in this process they are assisted by different ' techniques of the
self , ' employed by themselves , or by some of the new classes of ...