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Jacobins and Utopians examines the politics of ideal societies and the means necessary to bring them into existence. George Klosko reveals how discussions of fundamental moral reform lead inexorably to questions of political power. Machiavelli classically articulated the claim that unarmed prophets go to the gallows. Themes of revolution play an integral role in Klosko's study - as the figures he explores frequently concerned themselves with the means of becoming armed. ...
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Jacobins and Utopians examines the politics of ideal societies and the means necessary to bring them into existence. George Klosko reveals how discussions of fundamental moral reform lead inexorably to questions of political power. Machiavelli classically articulated the claim that unarmed prophets go to the gallows. Themes of revolution play an integral role in Klosko's study - as the figures he explores frequently concerned themselves with the means of becoming armed.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Ancient Lawgivers: Lycurgus and Solon 9
Lycurgus 9
Solon 17
Ch. 2 Socratic Reform 21
Interpretation of the Early Dialogues 22
Socrates' Mission 28
The True Art of Politics 34
The Platonic Critique 37
Ch. 3 The Politics of Philosophy 49
The Political Theory of Radical Reform 49
Philosophers and Kings 54
Plato and Radical Reform 60
Ch. 4 Three Theorists of Reform: More, Machiavelli, and Rousseau 69
More's Utopian Vision 70
Machiavelli and Radical Political Reform 75
Rousseau and Political Reform 81
Ch. 5 The Jacobin Ideal 89
Jacobin Theory 89
Robespierre as Political Theorist 94
Revolutionary Government 98
The Politics of Regeneration 107
Saint-Just's Republican Institutions 111
Utopian Means 115
Ch. 6 The Marxian Alternative 121
Marx's Theory of Revolution 121
The Newton of the Social World 126
Reorganized Society 128
Implementing the Ideal State 131
Scientific Socialism 135
Marxism and Blanquism 138
The Dictatorship of the Proletariat 141
The Fate of the Revolution 143
Ch. 7 Leninism as Jacobinism 147
Bakunin 148
Leninism as Jacobinism 158
Consequences 169
Conclusion 171
Notes 177
Index 195
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