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Great Lie Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism

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ISBN-10: 1935191365

ISBN-13: 9781935191360

Edition: 2011

Authors: F. Flagg Taylor

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The Most Insightful and Profound Reflections on Totalitarian Tyranny Totalitarianism was the dominant phenomenon of the twentieth century. Deeply troubling questions endure regarding the nature of such tyrannical regimes: What enabled human beings to carry out such horrific crimes against their fellow man? What does the endurance of Communism reveal about human liberty? Why did human beings suffer rule by ideological lies for so long, and what kept them open to the truth? What are we to make of the relationship between totalitarianism and the foundational principles of democratic modernity? Some of the greatest minds of the twentieth century sought answers to these haunting questions. Now, for the first time ever, their incisive and profound reflections on totalitarianism have been brought together in one book. The Great Lieshowcases the insights of such giants as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, V#xE1;clav Havel, Hannah Arendt, Eric Voegelin, Czeslaw Milosz, Leo Strauss, and Raymond Aron, along with neglected but important thinkers such as Waldemar Gurian, Aurel Kolnai, Leszek Kolakowski, Pierre Manent, Claude Lefort, and Chantal Delsol. The brilliant essays in this volume illuminate the very nature of totalitarian regimes, and the monstrous ideology that is their defining feature. The Great Lieallows readers to make sense of political evil and how it can attract so many people into its ideological fold. This is not a matter of mere academic interest in an age when we confront totalitarianism in such regimes as North Korea and Cuba-and, arguably, in radical Islamist movements.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: ISI Books
Publication date: 8/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Introduction
Concepts
Totalitarian Religions (1952)
The Unique Character of a Totalitarian Society (1954)
The Power of the Powerless (1978)
On the Difficulty of Defining the Soviet Regime (1976)
Communist Totalitarianism: The Transatlantic Vagaries of a Concept (1984)
From Under the Rubble, What? (1992)
Nature
The Future of Secular Religions (1944)
Ideology and Terror: A Novel Form of Government (1953)
Our Muzzled Freedom (1975)
The Marxist Roots of Stalinism (1977)
The Image of the Body and Totalitarianism (1979)
National Socialism as a Political Religion (2000)
Origins
German Nihilism (1941)
Three Riders of the apocalypse (1950)
The Origins of Totalitarianism (1953)
Is Technological Civilization Decadent, and Why? (1975)
Politics and Conscience (1984)
Letters to Olga (1982)
lV
The Pill of Murti-Bing (1953)
The Smatterers (1975)
Aleksaridr Solzhenitsyn and European "Leftism" (1976)
A Treatise on Ticks (1979)
Ticks and Angels (1979)
The Hair Styles of Mieczyslaw Rakowskj (1983)
Dissent
Man, This Enemy (1953)
What Charter 77 Is and What It Is Not (1977)Jan Patocka
The Parallel Polis (1978, 1987)
The Power of the Powerless (1978)
Thoughts on "The Parallel Polis" (1987)
Jan Patocka versus Vaclav Benda (1989)Martin Palou�
Lessons
Letters to Olga (1982)
We have ceased to see the Purpose (1993)
Moral Destruction (1998)
The Return of Political Philosophy (2000)
The Traces of a Wounded Animal (2000)
Totalitarianism: Between Religion and Science (2001)
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources and Permissions
About the Contributors
Index