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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300116939
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
445,493
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
1 Tocqueville's vision of history....................3
The ending of "mixed" government....................8
"Right" and "Left": Their conservative misreadings....................17
A liberal misreading....................22
Conservatives and liberals....................26
Popular sovereignty and socialism....................32
Popular sovereignty and nationalism....................35
Nationalism and socialism....................38
The accumulation of opinions....................45
Progressive liberalism....................48
Progressives and populists....................56
Populist anti-Semitism and Germanophilia....................62
Nation and state....................71
2 1914: The world of yesterday?....................77
"Modern"?....................85
The Russian Revolution: A tremendous failure....................91
1917 and the Americanization of the world....................102
The failure of liberalism after 1918....................106
1920-1945: The division of the world....................110
Misuse and misreading of "Fascism"....................116
Misuse and misreading of "totalitarianism"....................126
Misuse and misreading of National Socialism as an "ideology"....................131
3 The United States in 1945 and thereafter....................143
The decline of the state....................154
The declining function of "classes"....................165
"Tyranny of the majority"? "Public opinion" and its misreadings....................175
Decline of privacy, rise of publicity....................180
Publicity andcelebrity....................185
Changes in the recording and knowledge of history....................192
4 Fear and hatred....................203
Triumph and disappearance of "liberalism"....................217
The rise of criminality....................226
A new, profound, division....................229
Ideas and beliefs....................235
Hope, against fear....................240
Index....................245

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