Modern Free Society and Its Nemesis: Liberty versus Conservatism in the New Millennium

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Modern Free Society and Its Nemesis examines contemporary free society in relation to conservatism as its possible negation. Analyzing the impact of conservatism on such attributes of a free society as civil liberties, political democracy, and economic freedom, it redefines a free society and its constitutive principles of liberty, equality, and justice. It also reconsiders conservatism, including its social foundations, characteristics, and types, as well as its relations to liberalism. Milan Zafirovski concentrates specifically on the effects of conservatism on the civil sphere, political democracy, and the economy as integral elements of a free society.

About the Author:
Milan Zafirovski is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas

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Editorial Reviews

James Ronald Stanfield
Zafirovski's book provides much needed clarification of liberalism and conservatism and draws attention to the myriad present dangers of institutional or cultural lag in this era of Great Capitalist Restoration. This is an important book which should enjoy wide attention in the contemporary political economy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739115169
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Milan Zafirovski is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Modern Free Society and Its Negations     5
Modern Free Society and Liberty     5
Liberty, Equality, and Justice in Modern Free Society     10
Liberty and Equality in Modern Free Society     12
Liberty and Justice in Modern Free Society     18
The Perennial Quest for a Free Society and its Negations     24
Negations of Modern Free Society     28
Conservatism     39
Social Origins of Conservatism     39
Social Sources of American Conservatism     44
Characteristics of Conservatism     50
Conservation of the Social Status Quo     51
Opposition to Social Change, Reform, and Innovation     54
Anti-Rationalism, Moralism, and Culture Wars     57
Anti-Intellectualism, Knowledge for Social Control, Fatalism, and Anti-Humanism     64
Anti-Egalitarianism     74
Collectivism and Anti-Individualism     80
Traditionalism and Anti-Modernism     82
Counter-Revolution     87
Religion, Fundamentalism, and Theocracy     91
Ethnocentrism, Nationalism, Imperialism, and Militarism     97
Conservatism: Continued     111
Conservatism and Liberalism     111
Types of Conservatism and Social Structure     125
Types of Conservatism and Class Stratification     125
Other Classifications of Conservatism     132
How New is Neoconservatism?     142
Modern Free Society and Conservatism: General Considerations     151
Liberty and Conservatism     151
Conservatism versus the Principle of Liberty     154
Conservatism, Free Society, and Anti-Liberalism     155
Modern Free Society or Conservatism?     161
Social-Psychology of Conservatism     166
Modern Free Society versus Conservatism: The Case of Moral Liberty     173
Moral Liberty and Conservatism     173
Freedom of Individual Choice in Morality and Conservatism: The Operation of "Moral Fascism"     177
Moral-Culture Wars on Liberty     186
Ideological and Political Fronts     188
Symbolic and Physical Violence     196
Conservatism and Moral Liberty in Comparative Perspective     200
Moral Restoration and Individual Liberties     203
Moral Absolutism and Freedom     207
Free Civil Society versus Conservatism     225
Conservatism and Civil Liberties     225
Free Market Enterprise "Is All You Need"      226
Modern Civil Society and Liberty Revisited     228
The Singapore Syndrome: Market Freedom, Social Authoritarianism     230
Free Civil Society and Neoconservatism     236
Neoconservatism and Civil Liberties     243
How Much Liberty in Libertarianism?     246
Libertarianism and Free Civil Society     255
Conclusions: Modern Free Society versus Conservatism in the New Millennium     269
Bibliography     299
Index     313
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