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Populism against progress : and the collapse of aspirational values

Author: Robert Corfe
Publisher: Bury St. Edmunds : Arena, 2007.
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Presents a sociological analysis of populism that reveals it as the cancer of democracy. This work covers such issues as Islamic fundamentalism in barring the path to progress; the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Corfe
ISBN: 9780954316181 0954316185
OCLC Number: 84151119
Description: xviii, 152 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface; CHAPTER 1; The Hidden Poison of Populism; 1 The ultimate threat to civilisation; 2 The fragility of democracy; 3 Populism as the cancer of democracy; 4 Deceptive tendency of representative government; 5 Democratic sovereignty is an amoral mechanism; 6 Self-deception of proponents of democracy; 7 Democracy vital for technological progress; 8 Symptoms of populism; CHAPTER 2; The Beneficent Power of Culture; 1 Culture as the bonding mechanism of society; 2 The rise and fall of cultures; 3 Categories of world cultures; 4 The absorption and annihilation of cultures; 5 The hidden power of smaller cultures; 6 The benefits of civilisation as a moral problem; 7 When benevolent intervention incites political collapse; 8 Whem dominated peoples pull down the props of their own culture; CHAPTER 3; The Populism of Islamic Fundamentalism; 1 Incompatibility between the Islamic and Western civilisations; 2 A Conflict arising through moral values rather than economic factors; 3 Distinctive characteristics of Islamic civilisation; 4 Imperialistic success of Islamic fundamentalism; 5 Idolatry and materialism of the West; 6 The Faustian alchemy of the primitive West; 7 The stasis of Chinese civilisation in the 15th century; 8 National rivalry drove forward Western technology; 9 Fundamentalism is the destructive populism of Islamic civilisation; 10 Liberal attitudes towards Islam are not reciprocated. 11 When accusations of Islamophobia are based on false premises; 12 Islam's successful conquest of the Roman Empire; 13 How Islam should have responded to alleged Islamophobia; CHAPTER 4; The Battle for Freedom through Education; 1 Freedom must begin with defining individual needs; 2 How Socialist modes of thought undermined the understanding of freedom; 3 Function of education to maximise the free fulfilment of the individual; 4 But relativism is undermining this task of education; 5 Importance of Heroic role models in education; 6 Absurd methods used in thought-stimulation; 7 How relativism in education makes for boredom; 8 The humanities as a universal study subject in the egalitarian society; 9 Suggested reading matter on the school curriculum; CHAPTER 5; Social Bonding through Cultural Education; 1 How history should be taught; 2 Critique of contemporary history teaching; 3 History texts should aim for memory retention; 4 Success of the great historians of the past; 5 The teaching of history should be all-inclusive; 6 Resolving the memory of international conflict through history teaching; 7 Explaining but not excusing past conflict; 8 Importance of presenting diverse views in stimulating thought and discussion; 9 Totalitarian values of no benefit in the teaching of history; 10 Pictorial representation as a stimulus to the study of history; 11 Early education should be guided by the rule of obedience; 12 Teaching citizenship and democracy; 13 Early teaching of practical life in the home; 14 Excessive bureaucracy and the failure of educational standards. CHAPTER 6; The Failure of Class-based Politics to Resolve Our Needs; 1 Populism and the crisis of Western culture; 2 The progress of egalitarianism; 3 How party politics sustains the class divide; 4 Class-based politics has led to the electorate's disgust; 5 Why the left is incapable of creating the classless society; 6 How the left's class prejudice is influenced by cultural rather than economic factors; 7 Need to differentiate between a Working Class and a Classless society; 8 Left/right party politics is no longer capable of advancing democracy; CHAPTER 7; The Self-destructiveness of Contemporary Politics; 1 The parliamentary left has never challenged the malign aspects of rentier capitalism; 2 Weighing the philanthropy of the left and right; 3 In the near future the right may promote the classless society no less than the left; 4 Inescapable movement towards the one-party state; 5 The spirit of collectivism is now hindering social progress; 6 The need for individualism in an upwardly-aspiring society; 7 Labour's downward-enforcing egalitarianism in education; 8 The historical divide between high and low culture; 9 Downwards and upwards egalitarianism compared; 10 Why high culture should be for all; CHAPTER 8; Corporate Power and the Corruption of Society; 1 Why advertising is an insolent intrusion on private life; 2 How corporate advertising appeals to human weakness; 3 How marketing degrades products and services. 4 Discrimination and taste is degraded by corporate power; 5 The corrupting power of corporate marketing; 6 Personalisation policies are an alternative to the "privatisation" of the right and the "statism" of the left; 7 Benefits of direct democracy and developed power; 8 A universal proprietorial class would repudiate populism; 9 The alienated give rise to the populist society; CHAPTER 9; The Debasement of Culture by Marketing Forces; 1 Practicality of high culture shared by all economic groups; 2 Differentiation between Anglo-Saxon and Continental middle class attitudes and values; 3 High cultural egalitarianism on the Continent and in the Far East; 4 Cultural decline of BBC TV since the 1950s; 5 The failure of historical realism in BBC drama; 6 Degradation of contemporary television; 7 Idealising the sad, the bad, and the mad; 8 How marketeers insult the less privileged; 9 The self-deception of marketing promoters; 10 Egalitarianism: notional and real; CHAPTER 10; Reversing Social and Cultural Decline; 1 Permanence of human physicality but impermanence of culture; 2 Contrast between young and mature cultures; 3 When maturity turns to decline; 4 Distinction between Creative Reflection and Pedantic Reflection; 5 The cultural problem in maintaining artistic standards; 6 The gap between the ideal and the actual in socio-political life; 7 The urgent need for integrative theory; 8 Value of Constructive philosophies past and future; 9 New Idealism is the key to social progress; INDEX.
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