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The Demon in Democracy : Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies  - Ryszard Legutko

The Demon in Democracy

Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2016
ISBN: 9781594038631
Number Of Pages: 200

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Ryszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades — and he fought alongside the Polish anti-communist movement to abolish it. But, having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, 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, albeit without the Soviet style's brutal measures.

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.

About the Author

Ryszard Legutko is a professor of philosophy at Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland, specializing in ancient philosophy and political theory. His most recent book is on the philosophy of Socrates. He has served as the Minister of Education, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the late President Lech Kaczynski, and Deputy Speaker of the Senate and is active in the anti-communist movement in Poland.

He is currently a Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

ISBN: 9781594038631
ISBN-10: 1594038635
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st May 2016
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43

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