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The Resource The demon in democracy : totalitarian temptations in free societies, Ryszard Legutko ; translated by Teresa Adelson

The demon in democracy : totalitarian temptations in free societies, Ryszard Legutko ; translated by Teresa Adelson

Label
The demon in democracy : totalitarian temptations in free societies
Title
The demon in democracy
Title remainder
totalitarian temptations in free societies
Statement of responsibility
Ryszard Legutko ; translated by Teresa Adelson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • pol
  • eng
Summary
"The book is written from a perspective of someone who, after having lived for many years under communism and then for more than two decades under a liberal democracy, has discovered that those two political systems have a lot in common, stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture and human nature. Moreover both political systems have some similar objectives. What communism tried to achieve with the use of the most brutal measures on a massive scale has been to a considerable degree achieved in a liberal democracy through a more or less spontaneous development and more or less humane social engineering, an almost total identification of man with a political regime, politicization of culture and social relations, omnipresence of ideology, and a peculiar combination of a utopian impulse with the insistence of human mediocrity. Both systems reduce human nature to that of the common man who is led to believe himself liberated from unnecessary obligations of the past, unaware that he shackled himself with other chains which dramatically narrowed his perspective. 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 refuse to undertake any critical examination of their ideological prejudices"--Publisher
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Legutko, Ryszard
Dewey number
321.8
Index
index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.L43413 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Democracy
  • Communism
  • Comparative government
Label
The demon in democracy : totalitarian temptations in free societies, Ryszard Legutko ; translated by Teresa Adelson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"The book first appeared in Polish under the title Triumf czlowieka pospolitego (ZYSK 2012), and the present English translation (by Teresa Adelson and the author) is a slightly shortened and somewhat modified version of the original."--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
History -- Utopia -- Politics -- Ideology -- Religion
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
viii, 182 pages
Isbn
9781594038631
Lccn
2015044482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The demon in democracy : totalitarian temptations in free societies, Ryszard Legutko ; translated by Teresa Adelson
Publication
Note
"The book first appeared in Polish under the title Triumf czlowieka pospolitego (ZYSK 2012), and the present English translation (by Teresa Adelson and the author) is a slightly shortened and somewhat modified version of the original."--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
History -- Utopia -- Politics -- Ideology -- Religion
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
viii, 182 pages
Isbn
9781594038631
Lccn
2015044482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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