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Rethinking liberal democracy: prelude to totalitarianism

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David, Isabel

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Abstract In the long course of human evolution and political experimentation, liberal democracy, especially after the events of 1989, has come to be seen as the best political system. In fact, we seemed to have reached the only system compatible with liberty, after the dreadful experiences of Communist and Nazi totalitarianism, and its twin in the economic realm - capitalism. But is liberalism really conducive to freedom? I argue that evil - or totalitarianism - arises from the combination of both the Platonic and Augustinian views: ignorance of values and the pursuit of one’s egotistic desires. Evil has an essentially private nature. In this sense, totalitarianism may arise from a utilitarian culture that sees people - or some forms of knowledge - as worthless and disposable objects.
Thesaurusschlagwörter democracy; liberalism; political system; freedom; value-orientation; totalitarianism; utilitarism
Klassifikation Allgemeines, spezielle Theorien und Schulen, Methoden, Entwicklung und Geschichte der Politikwissenschaft
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2015
Seitenangabe S. 9-18
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 1 (2015) 1
ISSN 1857-9760
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen
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