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Alfred W. McCoy: In the Shadows of the American Century

The Rise and Decline of US Global Power
McCoyPublisher’s Presentation:
Explores the distinctive instruments of American ascent to global domination and hegemony – including covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and surveillance.
In a completely original analysis, prize-winning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America’s rise as a world Power – from the 1890s through the Cold War – and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony – covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance.

Peeling back layers of secrecy, McCoy exposes a military and economic battle for global domination fought in the shadows, largely unknown to those outside the highest rungs of power. Can the United States extend the “American Century” or will China guide the globe for the next hundred years? McCoy devotes his final chapter to these questions, boldly laying out a series of scenarios that could lead to the end of Washington’s world domination by 2030.

Review Quotes:

In the Shadows of the American Century persuasively argues for the inevitable decline of the American empire and the rise of China. Whether or not one is a believer in American power, the case that Alfred McCoy makes – that much of America’s decline is due to its own contradictions and failures – is a sad one. He provides a glimmer of hope that America can ease into the role of a more generous, more collaborative, if less powerful, world player. Let’s hope that Americans will listen to his powerful arguments.”  Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Sympathizer 

“[A] brilliant and deeply informed must-read for anyone seriously interested in geopolitics, the history of Empire, and the shape of the future.”  New York Journal of Books

“‘What is the character of this American empire?’, Alfred McCoy asks at the outset of this provocative study. His answer not only limns the contours of the American imperium as it evolved during the twentieth century, but explains why its days are quite likely numbered. This is history with profound relevance to events that are unfolding before our eyes.”  Andrew J. Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History

“Alfred McCoy offers a meticulous, eye-opening account of the rise, since 1945, and impending  premature demise of the American Century of world domination. As the empire’s political, economic, and military strategies unravel under cover of secrecy, America’s neglected citizens would do well to read this book.”  Ann Jones, author of They Were Soldiers

“Sobering reading for geopolitics mavens and Risk aficionados alike…”  Kirkus

“McCoy’s detailed, panoramic analysis of the past, present, and future of the American empire covers all spheres of activity including not just land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, but also the netherworld of covert operations – and seasons all of this with some fascinating personal vignettes. His new book, The Shadows of the American Century, joins the essential short list of scrupulous historical and comparative studies of the United States as an awesome, conflicted, technologically innovative, routinely atrocious, and ultimately hubristic imperial power.”  John Dower, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embracing Defeat, War Without Mercy, and The Violent American Century

“One of our best and most underappreciated historians takes a hard look at the truth of our empire, both its covert activities and the reasons for its impending decline.”  Oliver Stone

“In the Shadows of the American Century is a valuable contribution to geopolitical discourse that draws important lessons from history.”  Foreword Reviews

“McCoy’s latest book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, provides an autopsy on a dying empire, which has squandered its moral capital by promoting wide-scale torture and mass surveillance…The end of empire scenarios relayed by McCoy in dark terms could in turn provide positive opportunities for societal change as the necessity for constant war is removed.”  The Progressive

About the Author:

Alfred McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His 2009 book Policing America’s Empire won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. In 2012, Yale University awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal for work as “one of the world’s leading historians of Southeast Asia and an expert on…international political surveillance.”

Peter Phillips: Giants

The Global Power Elite

Seven Stories Press, 2018    Amazon.com

Publisher’s Description:

PPA look at the top 300 most powerful players in world capitalism, who are at the controls of our economic future.

Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world’s wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett.

As the number of men with as much wealth as half the world fell from sixty-two to just eight between January 2016 and January 2017, according to Oxfam International, fewer than 200 super-connected asset managers at only 17 asset management firms – each with well over a trillion dollars in assets under management – now represent the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. Members of the global power elite are the management – the facilitators of world capitalism, the firewall protecting the capital investment, growth, and debt collection that keeps the status quo from changing. Each chapter in Giants identifies by name the members of this international club of multi-millionaires, their 17 global financial companies – and including NGOs such as the Group of Thirty and the Trilateral Commission – and their transnational military protectors, so the reader, for the first time anywhere, can identify who constitutes this network of influence, where the wealth is concentrated, how it suppresses social movements, and how it can be redistributed for maximum systemic change.

Review Quotes:

“Adam Smith warned that the ‘masters of mankind’ will pursue their ‘vile maxim: All for ourselves, and nothing for other people.’ There could hardly be a more apt description of the recent era of savage capitalism, straining for new heights under cover of Trump’s antics. Who exactly are the masters? This remarkable inquiry lifts the veil, providing detailed and often shocking revelations about the astonishing concentration of private wealth and corporate power, its institutions and integrated structure – and not least, its threat to civilized and humane existence.”  Noam Chomsky

“Peter Phillips’s book is a timely reminder that as the transnational capitalist class/global power elite changes it is vital that critical researchers keep up with these changes. The reader will find impressive documentation of the institutions and personnel driving capitalist globalization in its destructive and relentless search for growth and profits.”  Leslie Sklair, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

“This innovative inventory of the globally networked power resources of mega-capitalists belongs on the book shelves and computer devices of every journalist and social activist. Thereby they can check global money laundering and business veiling strategies in terms of pervading power and exploitation.”  Peter Ludes, founder of the German Initiative News Enlightenment

“Meet the Giants who really run the world in this timely and important new book, a potent combination of scholarly research and citizen call to arms. Not since C. Wright Mills’s Power Elite has a single book had the potential to transform the way we think about globalization.”  Rob Williams, PhD, University of Vermont

“A tour de force of research and analysis on a frequently ignored but crucial topic affecting humanity’s future: the transnational capitalist class power elite. An extraordinary contribution.”  Dr. Laurence H. Shoup, author of Wall Street’s Think Tank

“The dire challenges facing people and planet are not accidents. They are products of a system in which a relatively small corporate elite use their domination of resources to increase their wealth, to control governments, and to marginalize or destroy those who might impair their power. Sociologist Peter Phillips goes beyond this generalization by identifying, in great detail, the actual people and corporations at the core. This book is a must read for those who believe that system change is necessary, who want to understand which players are most central to the system, and who are prepared to learn how the system can be transformed.”  Marc Pilisuk, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of California, and faculty, Saybrook University

“Peter Phillips carefully uncovers the manipulative ways used by global class elites to keep the world safe for the Superrich – those who try to save capitalism from itself, a foul story we all need to hear and challenge. And Phillips does it splendidly.”  Michael Parenti, PhD, author of The Face of Imperialism

“In this important book, Peter Phillips has advanced progressive thinking about power in several ways. He has expanded sociologist C. Wright Mills’s model of social structure from the national power elite to the transnational capitalist class. He identifies key power-holders within that class, thus highlighting an ethic of individual as well as institutional accountability. And he does so within a consistent human rights framework that is much required in today’s political climate. Giants: The Global Power Elite is a crucial map for desperately needed social change.”  Prof. Robert Hackett, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

“The unabated global concentration of capital and deepening inequality is putting humanity on the brink of extinction. The financial behemoths running this oppressive and violent economic order have largely operated in the shadows, but Peter Phillips names the names in his latest work.

Giants answers, in great detail, the commonly asked but rarely answered question: who really pulls the strings? This book outlines the handful of individuals who manage the most powerful think tanks, investment firms, and corporate boards, who make society’s decisions at the expense of the planet.

Giants is an essential tool to understand those at the reigns of empire and capitalist hegemony, so we can be empowered to fight for our survival.”  Abby Martin, host of the investigative news program The Empire Files

“Following decades of research on power elites, Peter Phillips’s book Giants exposes the power networks that link the world’s wealthiest individuals and organizations and the ideological justifications that sustain their power. Impeccable original research provides the foundation for an impassioned call to action that reflects Phillips’s abiding commitments to social justice and human rights. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand socioeconomic inequality in the twenty-first century, and it is vital inspiration for those committed to creating a better world.”  Andy Lee Roth, associate director of Project Censored

“If the well-being and effective functioning of democracy is based on serving the peoples’ interests first, we must hold accountable parties who abuse public trust and resources under an impartial application of the rule of law.  Apart from the standard elected and government bureaucrats, Peter Phillips challenges us to re-evaluate the role of powerful financial interests in shaping American life. More than a discussion about an abstract elite, Giants enumerates key players by names, interests, and roles. Valuable material for people who like critical thinking.”  Loan K. Le, PhD, president and CEO of the Institute for Good Government and Inclusion (IGGI)

“If you want to know who is actually ruling the world – read this book.
“If you want to know the organizations they use and the networks that create them – read this book.
“If you want to know ‘what needs to be done’ to stop them from destroying the planet – read this book and then take action.”  David Cobb, 2004 Green Party presidential nominee, co-founder of Cooperation Humboldt

Giants: The Global Power Elite is an admirably accessible outing of the global oligarchy. The graphics work well and the writing is very clear and engaging. Peter Phillips has collected an awesome range of data and presents it really well. I salute his efforts here and hope the book finds many readers.”  William Carroll, professor of sociology, University of Victoria

“Dr. Phillips does an incredible job of detailing the seventeen global financial giants who carry most of the power and control in our world, those who contribute to many of the social problems we are struggling with worldwide, but who often remain hidden from accountability. As a radical sociologist whose work is reminiscent of the great C. Wright Mills, Dr. Phillips names these giants and gives the reader a useful primer for social activism. He details how these groups stay protected by private security firms and the ways in which media spin keeps them looking clean. Speaking truth to power, Dr. Phillips ends his work with an open letter to these global giants, which I proudly signed, inviting them to reimagine a more just society.”  Susan Rahman, PhD

Giants: The Global Power Elite is a must-read for anyone concerned with how the concentration of wealth in the hands of a small number of global political elites affects the well-being of humanity and the ultimate sustainability of life on earth. In the best tradition of political sociology with a strong, data-driven analysis, Peter Phillips demonstrates that a small global power elite has ‘rigged’ a global economy to serve its own interests at the expense of the well-being – even the longevity – of humankind.”  anthropologist Donna Brasset, PhD

“This book is a fearless expose of the ascendancy of a class of global elites and the power they wield around the world. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, the pages of this book lay bare the connections between power and wealth, and identify a system that allows a small minority of billionaires to control vast resources of the earth to devastating consequences. Phillips writes with compassion and humanity, and also tells us that unveiling mechanisms of power is a necessary first step in reshaping a global economic system to address the current crises of democracy, equality, and environmental destruction.”  Robin Andersen, professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University

“The global elite, with their associated armies and police forces are, at an accelerating rate, destroying the planet based on their bottom line, which clearly appears to be corporate profit and power at all costs. Indeed, the planet, our children, and grandchildren are facing a very bleak future if these titans of global control continue to have their way. Their policies have already carried us to the brink, putting life as we know it in jeopardy. Giants: The Global Power Elite is a field guide to what these greedy destroyers are up to in the name of profit and global control of planetary resources. Read it and weep, and then act to resist it however you can. As Joe Hill said: Don’t mourn, organize.”  Dennis J. Bernstein, executive producer of the award-winning daily radio news magazine Flashpoints and author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom

“This book, a who’s-who of the global power elite, is a timely and important addition to the work on the Transnational Capitalist Class. Peter Phillips shows that a mere seventeen institutions of financial capital, and the individuals who run them, exert a stunning degree of control over the fate of humanity. Dominated by white males of European descent, this inter-connected global power elite ensures the continued growth of capitalism at the expense of the vast majority. It is a must-read for all scholars and activists committed to economic equality and social justice.”  Deepa Kumar, president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union, associate professor of media studies at Rutgers University

“We all know that ‘they’ run the world, or much of it; and we know that their only purpose is to make themselves still richer; and that this compulsive enterprise is killing all the rest of us, by spreading poverty, creating endless war, and terminally poisoning the earth.We know how powerful they are, and what it’s doing to us; yet we don’t know exactly who ‘they’ are – information that we very badly need, and that “our free press” has not provided us, nor is it regularly taught in any schools, because the press and schools are largely theirs. And so those of us who want to break their chokehold are indebted (in a liberating way) to Peter Phillips, thanks to whom we finally know the names and stories of those 199 lethal super-managers.

Picking up where C. Wright Mills left off with his invaluable dissection of the “power elite” that used to run America alone, Phillips thoroughly identifies the members of the “transnational capitalist class” that largely runs the world today, through the mammoth instruments of Western military force, an international “intelligence community,” and – not least – ‘our free press.’

It is a daunting explication of the fix we’re in today; and yet Phillips also gives us hope, by pointing up the possibilities for real resistance, and a path toward (real) democracy. For anyone who wants to know precisely where we are today, and why – and who knows that we can and must go somewhere else – Giants is a book to read, and recommend, right now.”  Mark Crispin Miller PhD, Professor Media Studies, New York University

About the Author:

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, former Director of Project Censored 1996 to 2010 and President of Media Freedom Foundation 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006), editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism (1999 & 2004). His most recent book is Giants: The Global Power Elite. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010 to 2017, originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociological of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997 for Best Political Book, PEN Censorship Award 2008, Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Associations of Whistleblowers 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega, California with his wife Mary Lia.

Roger Eatwell & Matthew Goodwin: National Populism

The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

Pelican, 2018   Amazon.co.uk

Publisher’s Description:

Eatwell GoodwinA crucial new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism

Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants and neo-liberal economics. Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which have begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, from the United States to France, Austria to the UK.

This radical turn, we are told, is a last howl of rage from an aging electorate on the verge of extinction. Their leaders are fascistic and their politics anti-democratic; their existence a side-show to liberal democracy. But this version of events, as Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin show, could not be further from the truth.

Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of national populism, this lucid and deeply-researched book is a vital guide to our transformed political landscape. Challenging conventional wisdoms, Eatwell and Goodwin make a compelling case for serious, respectful engagement with the supporters and ideas of national populism – not least because it is a tide that won’t be stemmed anytime soon.

Review Quotes:

“Compelling…Eatwell and Goodwin do a good job of demolishing lazy stereotypes about Trump and Brexit supporters being almost exclusively white and old…Measured and insightful.”  Sunday Telegraph

“A fascinating new study…the authors analyse the long-term demographic and socioeconomic trends shaping our age of upheaval. The attraction of this book lies in its cool, dispassionate tone. The authors intend to explain and inform rather than polemicise”  Jason Cowley, The Sunday Times

“Intelligent, counterintuitive…[ranging] far beyond Brexit and Britain…they put a parochial debate in a much bigger context”  Economist

“Valuable…A finely organised, lucid explanation of the elements presently constituting the most dynamic political movements in Europe and the US.”  John Lloyd, Financial Times)

“A useful corrective…it demolishes the myth that young people aren’t attracted to the populist right.”  Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times

“A reality check to any clinging to the hope that populism is a passing political squall…Goodwin is one of the few academics to be vindicated by the political trends of the past few years. With a forensic grasp of the detail, Eatwell and Goodwin show how commentators have succumbed to ‘stereotypes that correspond with their outlook’ rather than evidence-based conclusions.”  Asa Bennett, Telegraph

“Convincing, powerful and very definitely worth a read.”  Robert Colvile, Director of CPS Think Tank

“An important and stimulating book…well written, well argued, highly accessible to the lay reader, and mercifully free of political science jargon…it leaves room for optimism for the future of our country.”  Roger Liddle, Progress

“An invaluable guide to the new politics of revolt…Eatwell and Goodwin draw attention to the historic problem that liberalism has faced in accepting democracy. They give us the theoretical framework to understand national populism’s rise…Compelling.”  Jon Holbrook, Spiked

“Informative and often compelling, providing clarity around a number of key debates within political science and political theory…Usefully, they provide copious evidence that rightwing populism has been a long time in the making.”  Will Davies, Guardian

About the Authors:

Roger Eatwell is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bath. He has published widely on fascism and populism, including Fascism: a History.

Matthew J. Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Chatham House. He has published four books, including Paddy Power Political Book of the Year 2015 (for Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain). He writes regularly for The Times, Financial Times and New York Times, and has worked with more than 200 organisations on issues relating to European politics. He lives in London.

David C. Korten: When Corporations Rule the World

Berrett Koehler, 3rd ed., 2015 (1995)

Publisher’s Description:

Korten2Our Choice: Democracy or Corporate Rule

A handful of corporations and financial institutions command an ever-greater concentration of economic and political power in an assault against markets, democracy, and life. It’s a “suicide economy,” says David Korten, that destroys the very foundations of its own existence. The bestselling 1995 edition of When Corporations Rule the World helped launch a global resistance against corporate domination. In this twentieth-anniversary edition, Korten shares insights from his personal experience as a participant in the growing movement for a New Economy. A new introduction documents the further concentration of wealth and corporate power since 1995 and explores why our institutions resolutely resist even modest reform. A new conclusion chapter outlines high-leverage opportunities for breakthrough change.

Contents:

A Choice for Life
Prologue: A Personal Journey
Introduction: Capitalism and the Suicide Economy
PART I: COWBOYS IN A SPACESHIP
1. From Hope to Crisis
2. End of the Open Frontier
3. The Growth Illusion
PART II: CONTEST FOR SOVEREIGNTY
4. Rise of Corporate Power in America
5. Assault of the Corporate Libertarians
6. The Decline of Democratic Pluralism
7. Illusions of the Cloud Minders
PART III: CORPORATE COLONIALISM
8. Dreaming of Global Empires
9. Building Elite Consensus
10. Buying Out Democracy
11. Marketing the World
12. Adjusting the Poor
13. Guaranteeing Corporate Rights
PART IV: A ROGUE FINANCIAL SYSTEM
14. The Money Game
15. Predatory Finance
16. Corporate Cannibalism
17. Managed Competition
PART V: NO PLACE FOR PEOPLE
18. Race to the Bottom
19. The End of Inefficiency
20. People with No Place
PART VI: TO RECLAIM OUR POWER
21. The Ecological Revolution
22. Economies Are for Living
23. An Awakened Civil Society
24. Agenda for Democracy
Conclusion: A Living Economy for Living Earth
Epilogue: Our Need for Meaning

Review Quotes:

“This is a ‘must-read’ book–a searing indictment of an unjust international economic order, not by a wild-eyed idealistic left-winger, but by a sober scion of the establishment with impeccable credentials. It left me devastated but also very hopeful. Something can be done to create a more just economic order.”  Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu

“Anyone serious about the systemic crisis we now face ought to read this updated version today. Korten captures the devastating and increasingly threatening dynamics of the corporate-dominated global system and has offered a vibrant, well-written, and important strategy for moving us beyond its destructive economic, social, and ecological logic.”  Gar Alperovitz, author of What Then Must We Do?

“If every corporate leader who believes implicitly that consumerism is the path to happiness (and that rampant development is the road to global prosperity) were to read When Corporations Rule the World with an open mind, that world just might have a chance of becoming a better place for us all.”  Toronto Globe and Mail

About the Author:

David Korten, author and activist, is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-founder and co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the Living Economies Forum, an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, a member of the Club of Rome, and founding board member emeritus of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. A 20th anniversary edition of his classic international best seller When Corporations Rule the World will launch in June 2015. His other books include Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism.

David has MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School, and in his earlier career served as a captain in the US Air Force, a Harvard Business School professor, a Ford Foundation project specialist, and Asia regional adviser on development management to the U.S. Agency for International Development. He lived and worked for 21 years as a development professional in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Indonesia.

Living Economies Forum (davidkorten.org)

Benedikt Kaiser: Querfront

Antaios, 2017

KaiserSeit Jahrzehnten kursiert ein Begriff, der nur selten klar definiert wird: Querfront. Zu ihren Akteuren zählen mittlerweile so viele Personenkreise, daß man keinen gemeinsamen Nenner mehr finden kann. Was hat es also auf sich mit der Querfront: historisch, politisch, ideell?

Benedikt Kaiser fordert eine undogmatische Herangehensweise und eine Neujustierung politischer Theorie und Praxis.

Benedikt Kaiser ist Jahrgang 1987, studierte in Chemnitz Politikwissenschaft mit europaspezifischer Ausrichtung (M. A.). Sein Forschungsschwerpunkt gilt den Faschismus- und Totalitarismus-Studien, der geopolitischen Lage in der Levante sowie dem Themenkomplex der “sozialen Frage”.

Kaiser unterstützt die redaktionelle Arbeit der Zeitschrift Sezession, publiziert regelmäßig in der österreichischen Quartalsschrift Neue Ordnung und arbeitet als Verlagslektor.

Sein Band Querfront erschien 2017 in der reihe kaplaken; in diesem fordert er eine Neujustierung politischer Theorie und Praxis im Sinne einer dialektischen Aufhebung von “rechts” und “links”. Nur so könne die “Neue Rechte” ideenpolitische Synthesen auf der Höhe der Zeit zustandebringen, die den mannigfaltigen politischen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen des frühen 21. Jahrhunderts genügen.

Benedikt Kaiser, Alain de Benoist & Diego Fusaro: Marx von rechts

Jungeuropa Verlag, 2018

Buchbeschreibung

KaiserKarl Marx ist zurück! Und er überrascht viele seiner heutigen Leser. Denn noch immer sind viele der von ihm aufgeworfenen Fragen aktuell, noch immer finden sich in seinen Schriften Problemstellungen, die im 21. Jahrhundert besonders relevant werden.

Obwohl anlässlich des 200. Geburtstag des Philosophen im Jahr 2018 kein Mangel an neuer Marx-Literatur herrscht, wird doch deutlich: Die Linke kommt ihrem Auftrag als Verwalter des großen Werkes nicht mehr nach. Sie verliert sich in Detailstudien und ideologischen Sackgassen.

Alain de Benoist, Benedikt Kaiser und Diego Fusaro machen sich deshalb auf, unkonventionelle Fragen zu stellen und nonkonforme Antworten zu geben: Marx von rechts – das heißt Abschied vom Marxismus, ohne dem Neoliberalismus auf den Leim zu gehen.

Der Marxismus ist tot, es lebe Marx?

Mit einem Vorwort von Philip Stein.

Über die Autoren

Benedikt Kaiser:

Benedikt Kaiser, Jahrgang 1987, studierte in Chemnitz Politikwissenschaft mit europaspezifischer Ausrichtung (M. A.). Er arbeitet als Lektor für den Verlag Antaios (Schnellroda), ist Teil der Redaktion der rechtsintellektuellen Zeitschrift Sezession und schreibt regelmäßig für weitere Periodika des In- und Auslands wie Tekos (Belgien) und Neue Ordnung (Österreich).

Kaisers Forschungsschwerpunkte gelten den Faschismus- und Totalitarismus-Studien; er ist deutschsprachiger Experte für Pierre Drieu la Rochelle und paneuropäische Konzepte. Kaiser widmet sich zudem seit einigen Jahren dem Themenkomplex der “sozialen Frage”. Auf diesem Feld sorgten seine Veröffentlichungen wiederholt für Aufsehen. Sie gelten Beobachtern als Auslöser eines sozialpolitischen Bewusstseinswandels innerhalb der deutschen Rechten.

Bereits in dritter Auflage liegt Kaisers Buch Querfront (Schnellroda 2017) vor. In diesem kontrovers diskutierten Band der reihe kaplaken fordert er eine Neujustierung politischer Theorie und Praxis im Sinne einer dialektischen Aufhebung von “rechts” und “links”. Nur so könne die “Neue Rechte” ideenpolitische Synthesen auf der Höhe der Zeit zustandebringen, die den politischen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen des frühen 21. Jahrhunderts genügen.

Kaiser ist dem Jungeuropa Verlag verbunden und hat bereits an mehreren Veröffentlichungen mitgewirkt.

Alain de Benoist:

Alain de Benoist, geboren 1943 in Saint-Symphorien (heute zu Tours gehörend), studierte Verfassungsrecht, Religionswissenschaften und Philosophie. Als Kopf hinter der 1968 formierten Denkfabrik GRECE gilt er als Gründer der französischen Nouvelle Droite (Neue Rechte).

Benoist lebt als Publizist und Philosoph in Paris. Er ist Herausgeber der traditionsreichen Buchzeitschriften Nouvelle École und Krisis, außerdem ständiger Autor des Zweimonatsmagazins éléments. Seine über 90 Bücher wurden in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt; die wichtigsten Werke sind dabei das zweibändige Opus Aus rechter Sicht, das europäische Manifest Aufstand der Kulturen sowie die nun erstmals seit Jahrzehnten wieder vorliegende Kulturrevolution von rechts; eine Schrift, deren Ideen für eine fundamental erneuerte Neue Rechte des 21. Jahrhunderts unverzichtbar ist.

In diesem Sinne der metapolitischen Erneuerungsarbeit wirkt Benoist bis heute als Leitfigur einer gesamteuropäisch ausgerichteten Denkrichtung, die die klassischen Links-rechts-Gegensätze nicht verschleiert, aber in Richtung neuartiger Synthesen “aufhebt”. Das Ziel ist dabei so klar wie weitreichend: die Überwindung des neoliberalen Denkens mit all seinen politischen, ökonomischen und gesellschaftlichen Paradigmen.

Diego Fusaro:

Diego Fusaro, Jahrgang 1983, studierte Philosophie in seiner Geburtsstadt Turin und promovierte in Mailand. Er lehrt dort Geschichtsphilosophie am Istituto alti studi strategici e politici (IASSP, Institut für strategische und politische Studien).

Fusaro, der als Schüler des marxistischen Forschers Constanzo Preve (1943–2013) gilt, beschäftigt sich seit Jahren mit nonkonformen Ideen jenseits klassischer politischer Trennlinien; großes Interesse bringt er Hegel, Fichte, Marx, Gramsci und Gentile entgegen. Vor allem auf dem Gebiet der klassischen deutschen Philosophie und in Bezug auf Marx ist Fusaro ein anerkannter Experte, dessen Wirken zunehmend auch außerhalb Italiens Rezeption erfährt.

2016 hielt Fusaro ein Gramsci-Seminar an der Harvard University ab, 2018 erschien erstmal ein Werk aus seiner Feder in deutscher Sprache: Schon wieder Marx. Die Wiederkehr der Revolution wurde im Westend Verlag (Frankfurt am Main) verlegt. Fusaro ist überdies Gründer der in Italien wichtigen Netzseite filosofico.net und Verfasser diverser Bücher, zahlreicher Aufsätze in Tageszeitungen und Fachzeitschriften sowie gern gesehener Gast in italienischen TV-Sendungen und Talkrunden.

Tage Lindbom: I Frithjof Schuons fotspår

Prisma, 2003

Baksida:

LindbomVilket budskap har världsreligionerna i dagens värld? Har de spelat ut sin roll eller kan de bidra med en andlig förnyelse? Har alla religiösa uppenbarelser en gemensam kärna eller avviker de rentav från varandra i sina grundantaganden?

Hur har sekulariseringen inverkat på vår förståelse av det heliga? Har metafysiken någon framtid och vilken roll fyller den i så fall i dagens filosofi?

Frågor av detta slag behandlas i föreliggande bok, vars syfte är att introducera och diskutera några huvudlinjer inom den religionsfilosofiska riktning som brukar gå under namnet philosophia perennis. Tage Lindbom ger här synpunkter på denna lärdomstradition och den visdom som utmärker en av dess nutida företrädare, den schweiziske metafysikern och mystikern Frithjof Schuon.

Inledningen har skrivits av Ashk Dahlén, f. 1972, som disputerade 2002 med en avhandling om den nutida diskussionen om muslimsk kunskapsteori i Iran. Han har även givit ut tolkningar av Jalal al-din Rumis dikter på svenska, Vassflöjtens sång.

Främre skyddsomslagsflik:

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998), schweizisk religionsfilosof, sufier och författare till många internationellt uppmärksammade böcker om religiös mystik och filosofi, däribland De l’unité transcendante des religions, i vilken han utvecklar en lära om världsreligionernas gudomliga kärna. Schuon räknas till en av vår tids främsta språkrör för philosophia perennis och hans tänkande tillhör en samlad intellektuell tradition som går tillbaka till islams mystiker samt Platon, Shankara och Mäster Eckhart.

Bakre skyddsomslagsflik:

Tage Lindbom (1909-2001) var filosofie doktor och chef för Arbetarrörelsens arkiv. Han gav ut en rad böcker om religionsfilosofi, politisk filosofi och europeisk kulturhistoria, däribland Västerlandets framväxt och kris. Lindbom är mest omtalad för sin konservativa modernitetskritik och sin intellektuella uppgörelse med socialismen. Hans tänkande riktar sig mot det moderna sekulära kunskapsbegreppet från en religiöst präglad utgångspunkt och anvisar en väg ut ur vår tids andliga och intellektuella kris.

Lindbom har ägnat ett livsverk åt att introducera philosophia perennis i Sverige, där den förblivit en nästan okänd intellektuell tradition.

JOBs kommentar:

Denna bok utgavs posthumt av den föredömligt intellektuellt öppne och nyfikne Alf W. Johansson i hans serie på Prisma, i vilken också publicerades Carl Johan Ljungbergs översättning av några texter av Irving Babbitt och min inledning till och översättning av en av Eric Voegelins böcker.

Martin Lings: Muhammad

His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

The Islamic Texts Society, 2005 (Allen & Unwin, 1983); 2006 Inner Traditions edition on Amazon

From the Back Cover:

Lings“Before the appearance of this book, Western languages lacked  almost entirely a comprehensive and authentic account of the life of the Prophet Mohammad…Now, Lings…has produced a superb narrative that, in its sobriety and dignity of style and its scrupulous and exhaustive fidelity to authentic and reliable sources, constitutes a major addition to Islamic literature in English. While remaining close to the Arabic sources he cites, Lings shows himself able to render Arabic speech in comprehensible and idiomatic English that is neither markedly archaic nor jarringly contemporary, thus conveying what is, for Muslims, the essential timelessness of the events related. Highly recommended.”  Hamid Algar in Religious Studies Review

“Despite the vastness of the subject, this biography makes easy and absorbing reading for anyone interested in religion as such. For those interested in Islam in one way or another it is mesmerising.”  Seyyed Hossein Nasr in Parabola

“Muhammad is a true work of art, as enthralling and engrossing as the best of novels with the difference that this is no fiction but fact. With the magic of his pen, the author makes all the historical personalities of his book come alive…The skill of narration is enhanced throughout the book with the most regal and dignified English, inspiring the sense of majestic grandeur essential for any literary work dealing with Divine and Eternal Truths.”  The Islamic Quarterly

“This great book is a classic.”  Frithjof Schuon

“There is a freshness, clarity and gripping suspense throughout the book…As a text in the how and the why and the when of various revelations – both Koranic and Prophetic traditions – it is enlightening and authoritative…Our author’s familiarity with all the complicated inter-family links of tribal Arabia gives us the certainty that he knows his material thoroughly…This work should be translated into Arabic so that the whole Arab world may drink from it.”  Muslim World (Cape Town)

“A living and enthralling book. After reading it we put it down with the feeling that we have actually witnessed all the events.”  Hadi Sharifi in Nashr-i-Danesh

“I read it straight through, then re-read it, almost in its entirety, fascinated.”  Titus Burckhardt

About the Author:

Wikipedia

Tage Lindbom: Västerlandets framväxt och kris

Norma, 1999

Baksida:

LindbomTage Lindbom har en unik position i svensk idéhistoria och idédebatt. Under många decennier har han uthålligt diskuterat konsekvenserna av värdenihilism och ohejdad materialism i både socialistisk och kapitalistisk skepnad.

I den föreliggande boken Västerlandets framväxt och kris går han till de filosofiska och teologiska rötterna för den västerländska kulturen. Han gör därefter en genomgång av den europeiska idéhistoriens mest djupliggande strömningar ända fram till Europas utveckling under det sena 1900-talet.

Det hela formar sig till en synnerligen kvalificerad och unik studie av grundvalarna för förståelsen av det västerländska självmedvetandet.

JOB:s kommentar:

Detta är den sista bok Lindbom utgav under sin livstid. Baksidestextens beskrivning av dess innehåll passar för de flesta av hans böcker från det tidiga 1970-talet och fram till denna. Flera innehåller en del upprepningar i “genomgångarna av den europeiska idéhistoriens mest djupgående strömningar”, även om alla också utgör variationer, har olika tonvikter, och tillför nya perspektiv. Denna vid nära nittio års ålder skrivna bok är emellertid anmärkningsvärd i det att den innehåller så ovanligt mycket nytt. Den är av detta skäl en av hans allra bästa. Ja, kanske skulle den helt enkelt vara den bästa – med undantag för Sancho Panzas väderkvarnar, som dock är svår att jämföra med eftersom den i mycket är en annan typ av bok, inte en systematisk historisk genomgång som denna och så många andra av hans senare – om det inte vore för det bristfälliga redaktionella handhavande av manuskriptet som, till skillnad från böckerna utgivna på Norstedts från början av sextiotalet till början av åttiotalet, präglar de flesta av de sena böckerna utgivna av Norma. Dessa är dock brister som lätt kommer kunna avhjälpas i en ny upplaga. Lindbom säger hursomhelst här plötsligt en mängd nya saker om exempelvis den grekiska filosofin, och framställningen av den tidiga kristendomen skiljer sig i vissa icke oväsentliga avseenden från hans tidigare analys. För första gången anas också, vill jag föreslå, i någon mån ett islamiskt perspektiv på den västerländska historien, som går utöver författarens vanliga sufistiska referenser i linje med den traditionalistiska skolans – ett perspektiv som han mycket länge måste ha omfattat, men av delvis oklara orsaker aldrig formulerade och tillämpade i sina tidigare böcker.

Tage Lindbom: Konservatism i vår tid

Åtta idéhistoriska essäer

Norma, 1996

Baksida:

LindbomTage Lindbom har under efterkrigstiden varit den mest oförtröttlige och skarpsynte svenske kritikern av den moderna, sekulariserade och materialistiska kulturen.

För första gången utges här i bokform en serie essäer, ursprungligen publicerade i Coeckelberghs kulturtidskrift Jakobs stege.

I fem av dessa betraktelser över västerlandets historia sedan den franska revolutionen, porträtterar Lindbom några av denna utvecklings klarsynta – och av eftervärlden ofta försummade – iakttagare.

Boken innehåller också tre mer tematiskt orienterade essäer, i vilka författaren diskuterar fenomen som socialism, konformism och konservatism.

I vår förvirrade och vilsna tid, när så ånga av modernismens projekt havererat, torde Lindboms lärda och inträngande analyser vara mer angelägna än någonsin.

Boken har tillkommit med stöd av Konservativa Sällskapet och Arvid Lindmans 60-årsfond. Den är försedd med förord av Johan Andersson Sundeen och Jonas De Geer.

Tage Lindbom: Modernismen

Norma, 1995

Baksida:

LindbomI denna bok söker författaren ge en beskrivning av det vi kallar modernism. Han gör det genom att framställa modernismen som en kontrast, en polemisk negation av den kristna traditionalismen. Det är under medeltiden vi kan skönja de första konturerna av sekularisering, strävan till vidgad makt för det jordiskt mänskliga.

Tage Lindbom följer modernismen genom århundraden, ständigt erövrande mark på traditionalismens bekostnad, vetenskapligt, tekniskt, ekonomiskt, genom jaghävdelse och samhällelig makt med friheten och jämlikheten som främsta signatur. Därvid har ideologierna haft en genomgripande betydelse. Först möter vi liberalismen med dess individualism och dess samhälleliga atomisering, dess utopiska tro på att i all föränderlighet till slut ett jämviktsläge inställer sig. I socialismen utvecklas tron på att de kollektiva livsformerna skall, materiellt såväl som andligt, bringa högsta mått av rättfärdighet och lycka åt en jämställd mänsklighet. I puritanismen ingår kristen moral och privat egoism en märklig förening i självdisciplinens tecken.

Modernismen möter också reaktioner. I romantiken finns mycket av tvivel, men framförallt är det de fascistiska rörelserna som framkallat djup oro. Genom utgången av andra världskriget säkras emellertid modernismens slutliga seger över traditionalismen. Men vad gör nu den segrande modernismen med sin makt? Det är författarens slutliga fråga.

JOB:s kommentar:

En av de bästa av Lindboms sena böcker. Den svaga punkten är det förenklade, implicita accepterandet, med Guénon och Schuon, av den kristna medeltiden som representerande en traditionell kultur, som modernismen avviker från. Detta förbiser vilka faktorer det i själva verket var som verkligen representerade traditionalism under medeltiden, och utelämnar den djupare analysen av kristendomen och hela abrahamismen i ljuset även av traditionalismens generalla principer sådana de på ett tidigt stadium förklarades av Guénon själv. Förvisso har abrahamismen, i dess olika former, utvecklat högtstående former som förmedlat en med traditionalismen och philosophia perennis överensstämmande esoterik, och tillfört mycket till den europeiska kulturen och andligheten. De nämnda huvudföreträdarna för den traditionalistiska skolan, och Lindbom, menar emellertid – trots att de alla tillhörde islam – att även kristendomens exoterik, den kristna ortodoxin som sådan, på ett definitivt sätt ska accepteras som Europas “religion”, ja, att denna är specifikt anpassad och lämpad för européerna. För mig är det tveksamt om den exoteriska abrahamismen kan förstås som traditionalistisk överhuvudtaget, och mycket tyder på att även dess egen självförståelse var icke- och i viss mån antitraditionalistisk redan från början. Jag brukar ibland säga att jag, åtminstone i vissa centrala avseenden, är alltför konservativ (eller traditionalistisk) för att kunna acceptera kristendomen på det sätt även dessa traditionalister gjorde. Kristendomen var på många sätt primärt revolutionär under antiken, och den är det i flera av sina huvudströmningar än idag. Den berömmer sig av att vara det. I själva verket är den på flera sätt en pådrivande kraft i den allmänt definierade modernism Lindbom beskriver. Judendomen och islam har också ofta haft en liknande roll. Abrahamismen i dess helhet, och i synnerhet i de i väst historiskt dominerande formerna, har vid sidan av den till sitt ursprung och väsen grekiska filosofin alltid varit en del av västerlandets allmänna differentieringsprocess, och denna process är på flera sätt ett tvetydigt fenomen.

Tage Lindbom: Ett är nödvändigt

Norma, 1994

Baksida:

LindbomBibeln innesluter genom sitt Gamla Testamente även judendomens heligaste urkund, Tora. Dessa båda, den judiska bekännelsen med dess fem Moseböcker och det kristna evangeliet, Nya Testamentet, ger oss visserligen två bekännelser, den mosaiska och den kristna, men de är samtidigt förenade med den andliga traditionens band, som Jesus uttrycker i sitt ständiga hänvisande till lagen och profeterna.

En helig skrift är en vägledare i det andliga livet, den ger fasthet åt såväl kyrkornas som de enskilda människornas liv. Men en helig skrift har också en djupare innebörd, det som Jesus kallar Guds rikes hemligheter, detta som han delger sina lärjungar, de som skall bli apostlar och föra vidare det, som deras Mästare uppenbarat för dem. Bibeln har här stora rikedomar, och det är om dessa, som Tage Lindboms bok väsentligen handlar.

När apostlarna efter Jesu död och uppståndelse skall träda ut i världen med det kristna budskapet, kräver samtidigt mötet med denna värld en läromässig fasthet, en teologi. Det är Paulus, som lägger grunden, och innebörden i detta paulinska verk ägnar Tage Lindbom bokens avslutande kapitel.

JOBs kommentar:

Detta är Tage Lindboms mest bibliska bok. Det är märkligt att han så här sent, vid mitten av 90-talet, fortfarande inte publicerar mer om islam, som han formellt tillhört i flera årtionden. I alla andra böcker efter omprövningen på 50-talet och den nya, andligt förankrade positionens konsolidering, som var fullbordad vid 60-talets slut, har han dock haft en mycket vidare utblick tack vare sin traditionalistiska ståndpunkt i Guénons och Schuons mening. Inte bara sufistiska utan även vedantistiska perspektiv saknades aldrig. Denna bok framstår som ett märkligt begränsat undantag; kanske är den särskilt riktad till de kristna präster, som Christian Braw, som han hade ett gott och långvarigt förhållande till. Braw mottog också med tillfredsställelse boken som uttryckande “Lindboms teologi”. Men förvisso uttolkar han även i den, med det snävare fokus på den judisk-kristna traditionen, den “djupare innebörden”, vad som här uppfattas som “Guds rikes hemligheter”.

Wayne W. Dyer: Your Sacred Self

Making the Decision to Be Free

Harper Collins, 1995   Amazon

Front and Back Flaps:

DyerOne of the foremost inspirational leaders of our time and the author of the bestselling Real Magic and the classic Your Erroneous Zones encourages readers to look inside themselves for sustenance and to move to a new level of self-awareness where they are free to experience the joys of spiritual living.

In Your Sacred Self, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, whose previous books have touched the lives of millions, teaches readers how to tap into the power of their higher selves and live each of their days, regardless of what they are doing, with a greater sense of peace and fulfillment.

Developing the sacred self, Dr. Dyer explains, brings an understanding of our place in the world and a sense of satisfaction in ourselves and others. In Your Sacred Self, Dr. Dyer offers a three-step program that helps readers establish a spiritually oriented, rather than an ego-oriented, approach to life. Step by step Dr. Dyer shows us how to progress from emotional awareness to psychological insight to spiritual alternatives in order to change one’s experience of life from the need to acquire to a sense of abundance, from a sense of oneself as sinful and inferior to a sense of oneself as divine, from a need to achieve and acquire to an awareness that detachment and letting go bring freedom.

Your Sacred Self is an inspiring, hopeful, illuminating guide that can help everyone live a happier, richer, more meaningful life.

Back Cover:

“Wayne Dyer is one of America’s foremost teachers of transformational wisdom. In Your Sacred Self, he continues to guide us toward spiritual liberation.”  Marianne Williamson

“Wayne Dyer takes us on a sacred journey where the spirit triumphs over the ego. This book will serve as an extremely valuable guide to all those who seek the exultation of the spiritual experience and who value total freedom as the ultimate goal of life.”  Deepak Chopra

“I was mesmerized by the beauty and wisdom in Your Sacred Self. Wayne Dyer has written a book that is as meaningful, spiritually on-target, and engrossing as any I’ve ever read in my life. This is sure to go on that very small shelf reserved for classic works.”  Louise L. Hay

“In Wayne Dyer’s newest book he has given us the final ‘to do’, and that is to get outside of ourselves and stop selfishness by getting into other people and making them worthwhile. The sacred quest to that final freedom is the most important thing we’ll ever do in our lives.”  Pat Riley

“Wayne Dyer’s inspiring new book is a treasure of love and spiritual wisdom.”  Barbara De Angelis

About the Author:

Wikipedia

JOB’s Comment:

The Wayne Dyer Phenomenon

Anders Bergman: Humanismens födelse

Dialogos, 2016 (gå köp)

Förlagets presentation:

Anders BergmanI övergången från medeltid till modern tid spelade de italienska renässanshumanisterna en avgörande roll. Inspirerade av antika verk, som i många fall hade glömts bort sedan sekler i Europa, presenterade de nya idéer om etik, politik och pedagogik.

Till skillnad från hur fördomarna har gått i alla tider om humanister var framväxten av deras rörelse en direkt konsekvens av det allt mer urbaniserade samhällets behov av språkkunniga administratörer och politiskt insiktsfulla rådgivare. På så sätt blev deras tankar tidens viktigaste intellektuella strömning, karriärväg och statusmarkör. Men eftersom de verkade i skarven mellan de två stora epokerna i vår civilisation har deras insatser ofta marginaliserats, missförståtts eller förbisetts.

Det är inte att förundra att Humanismens födelse är den första presentationen på svenska om dessa modernitetens stigfinnare, utan vilka varken reformation eller naturvetenskaplig revolution kan föreställas ha ägt rum.

Om författaren:

Anders Bergman (f. 1980) är fil.mag. i litteraturvetenskap från Uppsala universitet.

Ryszard Legutko: The Demon in Democracy

Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies

Encounter Books, 2016 (go buy at encounterbooks.com)

Publisher’s Presentation:

LegutkoRyszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades – and he fought with the Polish anti-communist movement to abolish it. Having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, however, he has discovered that these two political systems have a lot more in common than one might think. They both stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture, and human nature.

In The Demon in Democracy, Legutko explores the shared objectives between these two political systems, and explains how liberal democracy has over time lurched towards the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet style brutalality.

Both systems, says Legutko, reduce human nature to that of the common man, who is led to believe himself liberated from the obligations of the past. Both the communist man and the liberal democratic man refuse to admit that there exists anything of value outside the political systems to which they pledged their loyalty. And both systems refuse to undertake any critical examination of their ideological prejudices.

About the Author:

Ryszard Legutko is a professor of philosophy at Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland, specializing in ancient philosophy and political theory. His most recent book is on the philosophy of Socrates. He has served as the Minister of Education, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the late President Lech Kaczynski, and Deputy Speaker of the Senate and is active in the anti-communist movement in Poland. He is currently a Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Paul Brunton: The Spiritual Crisis of Man

Rider, 1970 (1952)

Back Cover:

BruntonDr Brunton, whose works are best-sellers in a dozen languages, was born in London in 1898.

During a successful career in journalism, he developed an interest in comparative religion, mysticism and philosophy. He has travelled extensively in the Orient, living among yogis, mystics and holy men. He is one of the few students of the East who have the ability to illuminate his understanding for the reader.

This book concentrates upon the plight of mankind today, and upon the possibilities of a solution to the problems that beset the world. Dr Brunton admits that the advances made in technology and science, the results of which now threaten our very existence, are inevitable and even necessary. But, as he explains, it is because these advances have been made regardless of the true needs of humanity that their goodness has turned to evil.

In his approach to these great issues Dr Brunton traces the concept of God from that of primitive superstition to the most elaborately philosophical, and then describes what his own mystical experience have taught him about the true nature of God and about man’s relationship to it. Now he believes it is a matter of the greatest urgency that we should transcend mere intellectualism by an awakening of our power of intuition, because this is the voice of the Soul or Overself, and the essential link between God and man. We must submit to this voice if we are to save ourselves from chaos and destruction.

David Boucher & Andrew Vincent: British Idealism and Political Theory

Edinburgh University Press, 2000

Back Cover:

Boucher Vincent“An original project, both in its conception and execution. The authors have risen magnificently to the challenge…(they) write as acknowledged experts in the field; but while they draw on their own previous work, they extend and deepen it by asking many new questions.”  Peter Nicholson, University of York

“A first-rate contribution to contemporary scholarship on the British Idealists…What makes the book especially valuable is the attempt to relate the work of the British Idealists to concerns in contemporary political philosophy or to major figures in modern philosophy outside the Idealist movement.”  Professor William Sweet, St Francis Xavier University, Canada

British Idealism – influenced by the character of German Idealist thought at the end of the eighteenth century, developed by Kant, Fichte and Hegel – began to establish its roots during the middle of the nineteenth century and rapidly became the dominant British philosophy. It began to be challenged at the turn of the century by philosophers including Bertrand Russell and by the end of the First World War it was on the retreat, although its philosophical reverberations are still evident. Testimony to this fact is the considerable renaissance in all aspects of Idealist studies, and particularly in the works of its most recent twentieth-century exponents Michael Oakeshott and R.G. Collingwood.

This book offers an introduction to British Idealism through a study of each of the seven key thinkers – T. H. Green, Bernard Bosanquet, F. H. Bradley, Henry Jones, David Ritchie, R. G. Collingwood and Michael Oakeshott. It explores the background religious, political, moral, ideological and economic themes which underpin the work of the thinkers and shows the relevance of their philosophy – with the emphasis on social cohesiveness and the relationship between individual and collective responsibility – to current politics.

Written by two of the leading experts in the field, this is a valuable text that will introduce the theory of British Idealism to a broad range of readers.

Contents:

Introduction

1.  T. H. Green: Citizenship as Political and Metaphysical

2.  F. H. Bradley: Ethical Idealism and Hedonism

3.  Bernard Bosanquet: The Sociology of Philosophy and the Philosophy of Sociology

4.  David Ritchie: Evolution and the Limits of Rights

5.  Henry Jones: Beyond Socialism and Liberalism

6.  R. G. Collingwood: The Enemy Within and the Crisis of Civilization

7.  Michael Oakeshott: The Non-Economic Character of Civil Association

About the Authors:

David Boucher is Professor of Political Theory at Cardiff University. Andrew Vincent is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Sheffield.

Michael Lüders: Die den Sturm ernten

Wie der Westen Syrien ins Chaos stürzte

C. H. Beck, 2017

Kurzbeschreibung:

Wo liegen die Wurzeln der syrischen Katastrophe? Das gängige Bild sieht die Schuld einseitig bei Assad und seinen Verbündeten, insbesondere Russland. Dass auch der Westen einen erheblichen Anteil an Mitschuld trägt, ist kaum zu hören oder zu lesen. Michael Lüders erzählt den fehlenden Teil der Geschichte, der alles in einem anderen Licht erscheinen lässt.

Anhand von freigegebenen Geheimdienstdokumenten und geleakten Emails von Entscheidungsträgern zeigt er, wie und warum die USA und ihre Verbündeten seit Beginn der Revolte ausgerechnet Dschihadisten mit Waffen beliefern – in einem Umfang wie seit dem Ende des Vietnamkrieges nicht mehr. Dadurch haben sie die innersyrische Gewalt ebenso befeuert wie auch den Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen den USA und Russland. Eindringlich beschreibt Lüders, wie insbesondere Washington schon seit langem nur auf eine günstige Gelegenheit wartete, das Assad-Regime zu stürzen. Dabei behandelt er auch frühere amerikanische Putschversuche in Syrien in den 1940er und 1950er Jahren, die fehlschlugen und erklären, warum sich Damaskus der Sowjetunion zuwandte. Die Kehrseite dieser Politik des Regimewechsels erlebt gegenwärtig vor allem Europa: mit der Flüchtlingskrise und einer erhöhten Terrorgefahr durch radikale Islamisten.

Über den Autor:

Michael Lüders war lange Jahre Nahost-Korrespondent der Hamburger Wochenzeitung Die Zeit und kennt alle Länder der Region aus eigener Anschauung. Als Islamexperte ist er häufiger Gast in Hörfunk und Fernsehen.

Paul E. Gottfried: Fascism

The Career of a Concept

Northern Illinois University Press, 2015

Publisher’s Description:

gottfriedWhat does it mean to label someone a fascist? Today, it is equated with denouncing him or her as a Nazi. But as intellectual historian Paul E. Gottfried writes in this provocative yet even-handed study, the term’s meaning has evolved over the years. Gottfried examines the semantic twists and turns the term has endured since the 1930s and traces the word’s polemical function within the context of present ideological struggles. Like “conservatism,” “liberalism,” and other words whose meanings have changed with time, “fascism” has been used arbitrarily over the years and now stands for a host of iniquities that progressives, multiculturalists, and libertarians oppose, even if they offer no single, coherent account of the historic evil they condemn.

Certain factors have contributed to the term’s imprecise usage, Gottfried writes, including the equation of all fascisms with Nazism and Hitler, as well as the rise of a post-Marxist left that expresses predominantly cultural opposition to bourgeois society and its Christian and/or national components. Those who stand in the way of social change are dismissed as “fascist,” he contends, an epithet that is no longer associated with state corporatism and other features of fascism that were once essential but are now widely ignored. Gottfried outlines the specific historical meaning of the term and argues that it should not be used indiscriminately to describe those who hold unpopular opinions. His important study will appeal to political scientists, intellectual historians, and general readers interested in politics and history.

Reviews:

“Gottfried brings vast erudition and interpretive nuance to the subject of fascism. This book is a significant contribution to the fields of political thought and European history.”  Jeff Taylor, Dordt College

“Gottfried’s study is particular, nuanced, and multifaceted…a model for the type of work that can earn the right a hearing from more attentive audiences.”  The American Conservative

Fascism is a meticulously researched primer on the true history of one of the world’s worst ideologies. Upon finishing the book, readers will emerge with a firmer understanding of history, philosophy, and the ways in which words shape culture and reality.”  Jay Lehr, The Heartland Institute

Fascism is a book of remarkable scholarship and sensitivity regarding some exceedingly complex ideas. Gottfried’s navigation of the ins and outs of the interwar ideological quarrels in Italy and France is especially masterful.”  Robert Weissberg, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

About the Author:

Paul E. Gottfried is the retired Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and a Guggenheim recipient. He is the author of numerous books, including The Search for Historical Meaning (NIU Press, 2010) and, most recently, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America.

Daniel Friberg & Joakim Andersen (red.): Höger om åsiktskorridoren

Motpol i urval 2006-2016

Arktos, 2016

Baksida:

friberg-andersenUnder tio års tid har tankesmedjan Motpol analyserat, kritiserat och provocerat i den svenska samhällsdebatten. Ur en mångfald av infallsvinklar har man gisslat svensk kulturrelativism, migrationspolitik, jämställdhetsiver, vänsterradikalism och nyliberalism. Samtidigt har ambitionen funnits att erbjuda alternativa perspektiv – de flesta med utgångspunkt i den traditionella, i egentlig mening konservativa, högern. Bitsk kritik har varvats med eftertänksam spekulation och halsbrytande humor, rakt argumenterande debattartiklar med sakliga och resonerande texter.

Ur det som en gång var en enkel så kallad bloggportal, har vuxit en bredare verksamhet, som genom seminarier och publikationer haft och har ett inflytande på det svenska debattklimatet som svårligen kan överdrivas. En växande skara anhängare har hyllat verksamheten, en betydligt större skara tysta sympatisörer har låtit sig influeras av den främsta intellektuella motpolen till Sveriges politiska etablissemang.

I denna bok finner läsaren ett brett urval av texter ur bloggportalen, sedermera webbtidskriften, Motpols mångfacetterade historia. Politisk analys, religionsvetenskap, filosofi och historia möter bitande satir och sarkastisk humor. Med en inledning av Motpols mest namnkunniga skribent, Joakim “Oskorei” Andersen, ett förord av författaren Lars Holger Holm och efterord av den svenska nya högerns grand old man, förlaget Arktos VD Daniel Friberg.

Höger om åsiktskorridoren kommer inte att bli årets julklapp i Sverige detta år, kanske inte heller nästa. Vilket bara ytterligare understryker hur mycket Motpol behövs.

Karlheinz Weißmann: Gegenaufklärung

Gedankensplitter – Notate – Sentenzen

Junge Freiheit, 2013

jf-buchdienst.de:

WeissmannVernunftbetont, ohne Vorurteile, liberal, weltoffen – wer will das nicht sein? Diese Attribute werden gemeinhin der großen geistigen Bewegung der Aufklärung zugeschrieben. Doch so einfach liegen die Dinge nicht. Die Aufklärung war auch die Geburtsstunde eines ganz unbegründeten Vertrauens in den Menschen und die Möglichkeiten seiner Welterkenntnis, einer unerfreulichen Vorstellung von sozialer Symmetrie, aller Konzepte utopischer Zwangsbeglückung und damit der Totalitarismen. Kritiker der Aufklärung – nicht aus Prinzip, sondern weil sie ihre Augen nicht vor der Wirklichkeit verschließen – teilen deswegen nicht das optimistische Menschenbild oder die Vorstellung von der Machbarkeit aller Verhältnisse. Und einige von ihnen werden zu Gegenaufklärern. So wie der Historiker Karlheinz Weißmann in diesem Buch, das 60 Kolumnen von ihm enthält, die seit 2010 in der Jungen Freiheit erschienen sind.

Karlheinz Weißmann ist zweifelsohne ein Gegen-Aufklärer: Er glaubt nicht an die Machbarkeit der Dinge, hält die Überschätzung des Menschen und seiner Vernunft für einen schweren Fehler und ist überhaupt der Auffassung, daß anthropologische Konstanten nicht ungestraft ignoriert werden können. Die Position des Gegen-Aufklärers formuliert Weißmann seit zwei Jahren als Kolumnist in der Junge Freiheit. Die ersten 60 Folgen sind im vorliegenden Band versammelt. Sie sind auch ein Tagebuch unserer Zeit.

Karlheinz Weißmann, Wikipedia

George A. Panichas & Claes G. Ryn, eds: Irving Babbitt in Our Time

CUA Press, 1986

Front Flap:

panichas-rynWell before his death in 1933, Irving Babbitt had been internationally recognized as an American literary scholar and cultural thinker of unusual intellect, learning, and insight. Literature and life, he insisted, are indivisible. The study of literature must, in effect, become a discipline of ideas and imagination: a discipline that must distinguish between the significant and the insignificant, between literature with an ethical or moral center and literature subservient to the flux of relativism.

Babbitt’s admirers include Paul Elmer More, T. S. Eliot, Louis Mercier, Gordon Keith Chalmers, Walter Lippmann, and, in a later generation, Nathan Pusey, Walter Jackson Bate, and Peter Viereck. Among his critics are Edmund Wilson, Sinclair Lewis, H. L. Mencken, Ernest Hemingway, and Allen Tate. Although not always mentioned by name, Babbitt has remained a presence in American intellectual consciousness and literary criticism. Even his critics have been indelibly affected by his ideas.

Irving Babbitt in Our Time draws together the essays of ten recognized scholars for a reconsideration and critical reassessment of his work and to demonstrate Babbitt’s relevance to contemporary criticism.

Contents:

George A. Panichas & Claes G. Ryn: Introduction

Russell Kirk: The Enduring Influence of Irving Babbitt

George A. Panichas: Babbitt and Religion

Claes G. Ryn: Babbitt and the Problem of Reality

Folke Leander: Irving Babbitt and Benedetto Croce

Joseph Baldacchino: Babbitt and the Question of Ideology

Peter J. Stanlis: Babbitt, Burke and Rousseau: The Moral Nature of Man

T. John Jamieson: Babbitt and Maurras as Competing Influences on T. S. Eliot

Richard B. Hovey, Jr.: Babbitt and Contemporary Conservative Thought in America

Mary E. Slayton: Irving Babbitt: A Chronology of His Life and Major Works, 1865-1933

Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin & Brett M. Decker: The Conservative Case for Trump

Regnery, 2016. Go buy on Amazon.

From the Inside Flap:

SchlaflyIf you can’t stand Hillary Clinton, but wonder if you could vote for Donald Trump, you need to buy this book.

In it, you’ll learn from conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly – lawyer, bestselling author, and “sweet- heart of the Silent Majority” – why Donald Trump is worthy of every conservative’s vote.

Joined by Ed Martin, the former head of the Missouri Republican Party, and Brett Decker, formerly an editorial writer with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, Schlafly presents the real Trump, the Trump she and her colleagues have met with and interviewed, the Trump who promises to be the most conservative president America has had since Ronald Reagan.

Like Reagan, Trump, if elected, will inherit an America on the ropes, an America transformed into an unhappy, unprosperous, weakened, and divided nation. He will face in Hillary Clinton a far left ideologue who considers herself above the law.

Trump is the antidote to all that – a first-time politician who could actually live up to his campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.”

In The Conservative Case for Trump, Schlafly reveals:

1. How Trump’s appointees to the Supreme Court (on which Schlafly advised him) could be the most consequential in a century
2. How, unlike any other Republican, Trump could actually fix the nation’s immigration mess
3. Why his economic platform could spark an economic revival on the scale of the Reagan boom of the 1980s (it is based on much the same plan)
4. How Trump will defend the First Amendment – guaranteeing freedom of speech and religion – against an ever more dictatorial Left
5. Why Trump’s fresh thinking on defense and foreign policy is long overdue – and could send terrorism into rapid retreat

Donald Trump is the most controversial Republican presidential candidate since Barry Goldwater, and could be the most conservative and successful since Ronald Reagan. Phyllis Schlafly makes an irrefutable case that needs to be shared with every wavering voter. Nothing less than the future of our country is at stake. If you buy only one political book this year, it has to be The Conservative Case for Trump.

Reviews:

“Phyllis Schlafly is an American treasure who has been fighting the good fight for American sovereignty and cultural renewal for five decades. Without Phyllis, there’d be no Donald Trump. This book by Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin, and Brett Decker shows why Republicans not supporting Trump are helping elect Hillary Clinton.”  Laura Ingraham, radio host and editor of LifeZette

“Donald Trump has dominated the election conversation in the 2016 cycle for a reason: he strikes a chord with voters who are sick of a political class that is running America into the ground. In The Conservative Case for Trump, Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin, and Brett M. Decker show how President Trump can get our country back on the right track, and why Republicans and independents need to unify behind his candidacy.”  Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives

“Phyllis Schlafly has been a brave, badly needed voice of resistance to the takeover of the Republican Party by business interests and bloodless ideologues who’d love to flood America with cheap immigrant workers (to do the jobs they haven’t already outsourced to other nations). Early on, she recognized the potential for Donald Trump to rebuild her party along more patriotic, common sense – and, she would say, Reaganesque – lines. What comes through in these pages by Schlafly, Martin, and Decker is the calm reason of veteran Republicans and patriots who can’t be bought or intimidated. I think a lot of Democratic patriots will be persuaded too.”  Mickey Kaus, journalist and author

The Conservative Case for Trump is nothing less than the case for saving America from socialist tyranny cemented into place with the votes of millions of Third-World immigrants. It is the case for making a U-turn to expand economic opportunity, an America First foreign policy, preserving our constitutional rights – especially our First and Second Amendment rights – and ending the insanity of government-enforced political correctness. Every conservative needs to read this book and heed the wisdom of the heroic Phyllis Schlafly.”  Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, professor of economics, Loyola University Maryland; senior faculty, Ludwig von Mises Institute; and author of The Problem with Socialism

About the Authors:

Phyllis Schlafly, the founder and CEO of Eagle Forum, has been a conservative icon since her bestselling book, A Choice Not an Echo, was published in 1964. A lawyer, activist, author, nationally syndicated columnist, and radio commentator, she lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ed Martin has been president of Eagle Forum since January 2015 and previously served as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, a member of the Republican National Committee, and was chief of staff for Missouri governor Matt Blunt. He lives with his wife and four children in St. Louis.

Brett M. Decker has been an editor for the Wall Street Journal, editorial page editor for the Washington Times, and has written for publications ranging from the New York Times and USA Today to National Review and the American Spectator. He served in Republican leadership in Congress and was a senior appointee in the George W. Bush administration. Author of Bowing to Beijing and Global Filipino, he is from Detroit.

John Red Eagle & Vox Day: Cuckservative

How “Conservatives” Betrayed America

Castalia House, 2016. Go buy.

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Book Description:

Fifty years ago, America was lied to and betrayed by its leaders.

With virtually no debate, Congress passed the most radical change to immigration law in American history. Since 1965, America has endured the biggest mass migration of people in human history, twice the size of the great wave of immigration into the USA between 1870 and 1930. As a result, Americans are being displaced in their own land by an ongoing invasion that dwarfs Operation Barbarossa, is two orders of magnitude larger than the Mongol hordes, and is one thousand times larger than the First Crusade.

America’s so-called conservative leaders and the conservative media have joined forces with liberal internationalists in openly celebrating this massive invasion, relying on bad theology, outdated economics, and historical myths to falsely claim that immigration is a moral imperative, an economic necessity, and in the national interest. Cuckservative: How “Conservatives” Betrayed America is a powerful defense of America’s right to exist as a nation by two Native American authors, as well as a damning indictment of a conservatism that has failed to conserve America’s culture and traditions.

This powerful and remorseless book addresses the myth of the Melting Pot, proves that mass immigration is a net negative for the U.S. economy, and exposes the anti-Christian ideology behind the Christian establishment’s support for multiculturalism and open borders. It even shows how 50 years of immigration have lowered America’s average IQ. The authors pull no punches in conclusively demonstrating that it is not right, it is not moral, it is not economically beneficial, and it is not Constitutional to betray America’s posterity.

In Cuckservative, John Red Eagle and Vox Day warn Americans that if they do not defend their culture, their posterity, and their nation, they will eventually find themselves on their own Trail of Tears.

About the Author:

Vox Day graduated in 1990 from Bucknell University with degrees in Economics and Asian Studies. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, the International Game Developers Association, and Mensa, and helped found the techno band Psykosonik. In addition to his weekly columns, he transmits contagious and controversial memes daily from the Vox Popoli blog.

Tage Lindbom: Före solnedgången

Norma, 1993

Baksida:

LindbomDen sekularisering, som fått ökad utbredning i Västerlandet, har efter andra världskrigets slut lett till stor oklarhet inte minst på moralens område. Vad är ont och vad är gott, var går gränsen för mänskligt ansvar?

Behovet av en moraldebatt, inte minst i Sverige, har ofta påtalats och det är därför angeläget när Tage Lindbom i sin nya bok Före solnedgången griper sig an denna fråga i ett längre kapitel.

Vår tids människor upplever på många sätt osäkerhet och otrygghet. När Gud förklaras vara god och samtidigt allsmäktig, så frågar sig många, varför tillåter Han då allt detta onda och lidande i världen? Det är en stor och svår fråga, som Tage Lindbom ägnar en inträngande granskning.

Föränderlighet och rastlöshet upplevs som plågsamma och det uppstår en längtan efter fasta hållpunkter. De vetenskapliga löftena från seklets början om slutgiltiga svar på tillvarons gåtor har inte infriats. Tvärtom upplevs världen av många som ett oavlåtligt flöde utan mål och utan mening.

Finns då inte en högre gudomlig ordning, som ger åt skapelsen en möjlighet till jämvikt och harmoni, till en djupare mening med vårt jordiska liv?

Tage Lindbom vill bejaka denna fråga: det finns en skapelsens inneboende ordning. Men vi blir delaktiga av denna ordning först när vi upphör med vår folksuveräna självtillbedjan.


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