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The inner enemies of democracy

Author: Tzvetan Todorov
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2014.
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The political history of the twentieth century can be viewed as the history of democracy's struggle against its external enemies: fascism and communism. This struggle ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet regime. Some people think that democracy now faces new enemies: Islamic fundamentalism, religious extremism and international terrorism and that this is the struggle that will define  Read more...
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Todorov, Tzvetan, 1939-
Inner enemies of democracy.
(DLC) 2014012440
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tzvetan Todorov
ISBN: 0745685765 9780745685762
OCLC Number: 897873464
Notes: Machine generated contents note: CHAPTER 1. Democracy and its Discontents The paradoxes of freedom External and internal enemies Democracy threatened by its own hubris CHAPTER 2. An Ancient Controversy The main characters Pelagius: will and perfection Augustine: the unconscious and original sin The outcome of the debate CHAPTER 3. Political Messianism The revolutionary moment The first wave: revolutionary and colonial wars The second wave: the Communist project The third wave: imposing democracy by bombs The Iraq war The internal damage: torture The war in Afghanistan The temptations of pride and power The war in Libya: the decision The war in Libya: the implementation Idealists and realists Politics in the face of morality and justice CHAPTER 4. The Tyranny of Individuals Protecting individuals Explaining human behaviour Communism and neoliberalism The fundamentalist temptation Neoliberalism's blind spots Freedom and attachment CHAPTER 5. The Effects of Individualism Blame it on science? The law retreats Loss of meaning Management techniques The power of the media Freedom of public speech The limits of freedom CHAPTER 6. Populism and Xenophobia The rise of populism Populist discourse National identity Down with multiculturalism: the German case Britain and France The debate about headscarves One debate can hide another Relations with foreigners Living together better CHAPTER 7. The Future of Democracy Democracy, dream and reality The enemy within us Towards renewal? NOTES.
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Contents: Title page; Copyright; Contents; 1 Democracy and its Discontents; 2 An Ancient Controversy; 3 Political Messianism; 4 The Tyranny of Individuals; 5 The Effects of Neoliberalism; 6 Populism and Xenophobia; 7 The Future of Democracy; Notes; Index.
Other Titles: Ennemis intimes de la démocratie.
Responsibility: Tzvetan Todorov.

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