Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred

Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred

by John Lukacs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300116934

ISBN-13: 9780300116939

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press


Democracy has changed substantially since the second World War, evolving into a dangerous and possibly irreversible populism, says John Lukacs in this intensely interesting—and troubling—book. The esteemed historian offers biting, timely, and controversial observations on the power of the media and the precarious state of American democracy today.

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Democracy has changed substantially since the second World War, evolving into a dangerous and possibly irreversible populism, says John Lukacs in this intensely interesting—and troubling—book. The esteemed historian offers biting, timely, and controversial observations on the power of the media and the precarious state of American democracy today.

"In taking up Tocqueville’s theme, democracy in America, our most perceptive and far-ranging historian corrects many misconceptions about the recent past and deals commandingly with this country’s zeal to implant our blend of freedoms abroad. He will arouse thought as he always does and stir the emotions more than usual."—Jacques Barzun  

"Lukacs is indisputably one of the English language’s greatest—and most idiosyncratic—historians. . . . This is a wonderful book to chew on. . . . For the intelligent and historically literate general reader, this may well be a great joy."—Jonah Goldberg, National Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300116939
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
980,751
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Tocqueville's vision of history3
The ending of "mixed" government8
"Right" and "left" : their conservative misreadings17
A liberal misreading22
Conservatives and liberals26
Popular sovereignty and socialism32
Popular sovereignty and nationalism35
Nationalism and socialism38
The accumulation of opinions45
Progressive liberalism48
Progressives and populists56
Populist anti-semitism and Germanophilia62
Nation and state71
1914 : the world of yesterday?77
"Modern"?85
The Russian Revolution : a tremendous failure91
1917 and the Americanization of the world102
The failure of liberalism after 1918106
1920-1945 : the division of the world110
Misuse and misreading of "fascism"116
Misuse and misreading of "totalitarianism"126
Misuse and misreading of National Socialism as an "ideology"131
The United States in 1945 and thereafter143
The decline of the state154
The declining function of "classes"165
"Tyranny of the majority"? : "public opinion" and its misreadings175
Decline of privacy, rise of publicity180
Publicity and celebrity185
Changes in the recording and knowledge of history192
Fear and hatred203
Triumph and disappearance of "liberalism"217
The rise of criminality226
A new, profound, division229
Ideas and beliefs235
Hope, against fear240

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