The Honey And The Hemlock: Democracy & Paranoia In Ancient Athens & Modern America

The Honey And The Hemlock: Democracy & Paranoia In Ancient Athens & Modern America

by Eli Sagan

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The Honey And The Hemlock: Democracy & Paranoia In Ancient Athens & Modern America by Eli Sagan

Examining Athenian democracy as an object lesson for democracy in general, and invoking Freud as his guide in this task, Eli Sagan explores the startling contradictions in the society of Athens: its delicious honey and its deadly hemlock.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465030583
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/01/1991
Pages: 448

Table of Contents

Chronologyx
Introductions
1.The Great Paradoxical Society: Ancient Athens1
2.Democracy and the Paranoid Position13
Part IThe Bright, Clear Air of Democratic Society
3.The Founding Miracle: Crisis and Possibility37
4.The Founding Miracle: Compromise, Reconciliation, and Continuing Strife57
5.The Spirit of Society: Citizenship, Freedom, and Responsibility75
6.The Health of the Democratic Polis95
Part IIDeep Inside Plato's Cave
7.Moderate Antidemocratic Movements and Oligarchic Death Squads: The Coups of 411 and 404117
8.Antidemocratic Thought, the Beginnings of Totalitarian Theory, and the Origins of Political Terror135
9.Clubs, Factions, Political Parties, and Mass Action159
10.The Eating of the Gods168
11.The Demos as Tyrant186
12.Narcissus-Dionysus204
13.Warfare and Genocide228
14.Political Action with a Class Basis--Sometimes Violent, Sometimes Not248
Part IIIProblematics Within Ancient and Modern Democratic Society
15.The People Reign but Elites Rule273
16.The Boundaries of Justice and the Tribal Bond290
17.Gain, Honor, Wisdom308
18.Education for the Political Life: Small-Town Democracy320
19.The Instability of the Republican City-State336
20.Democracy and the "Paranoidia" of Greed and Domination362
Notes377
Bibliography407
Index415

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