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The demon in democracy

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Very good copy with no damage to the dust jacket and no internal markings or annotations

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.

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Author(s):
Legutko, Ryszard
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2016
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1594038635
ISBN-13:
9781594038631
Number of pages:
182
Publisher:
Encounter Books

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Very good copy with no damage to the dust jacket and no internal markings or annotations

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.

Author(s):
Legutko, Ryszard
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2016
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1594038635
ISBN-13:
9781594038631
Number of pages:
182
Publisher:
Encounter Books

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