The phrase “totalitarian democracy” at first sounds very odd. How could that be? Aren’t these two political systems opposites? That’s what most people believe. But as this talk explains, and as an influential French critic has remarked, “democracy is the time of tyranny’s incubation.” The fine British political philosopher Michael Oakeshott put it another way, which surely makes us stop and think: “It is impossible to understand either communism, fascism, or national socialism without first understanding the doctrine of representative democracy … it is the parent of these ungracious children.” Really? This talk explains step by the step the process by means of which pure democratic principles mutate into pure totalitarian doctrine.
- Post author:William Gairdner
- Post published:November 9, 2022
- Post category:Blog
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