9780761954149

Radical Conservatism and the Future of Politics

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    9780761954149

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    0761954147

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-17
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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Summary

7 What is radical conservatism? 7 What are its connections with right-wing populism?Over the last 20 years the post-war centre-ground which recognized the welfare state, the funding of education, protection of the environment and the management of capitalism as the proper business of the state, has fragmented. The New Left of the 1990s is more conservative than the Old Left of the 1960s and 70s.Emphasis on the freedom of the individual and the proper limitations of state power has changed the climate of everyday life. For Dahl, the genocide in the former Yugoslavia and the bombing in Oklahoma City, each bear the traces of the new 'radical conservatism'. Even countries in the former socialist bloc have witnessed a conservative revolution. This book locates the roots of radical conservatism in the writings of Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Heidegger, Junger and Schmitt. It documents the radical conservative worldview and points to limitations in its perspective. Dahl asserts that we should be wary of considering radical conservatism as a singular phenomenon and discusses the divergence in belief and policy between different nation states in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.Radical Conservatism and the Future of Politics provides a timely and penetrating understanding of the most pronounced political phenomenon of our time. It will be invaluable to students of political science and political sociology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(12)
PART I `RADICAL CONSERVATISM' 13(48)
Conservatism and politics
15(36)
Karl Mannheim's sociology of knowledge and the logics of conservatism
16(24)
The dynamics and dilemmas of conservatism
40(11)
Conservatism and radical conservatism
51(10)
Intellectual roots: Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky
54(2)
Carl Schmitt, Martin Heidegger and Ernst Junger: decisionism
56(5)
PART II THE WORLD ACCODING TO RADICAL CONSERVATISM 61(80)
Reflexivity and spontaneity
63(18)
Reflexivity and anti-reflexivity
63(2)
Nietzsche and reflexivity
65(2)
The nouvelle droite in France
67(2)
The new culturalism
69(2)
Technocratic conservatism
71(2)
Proto-fascism and the conservative revolution
73(1)
Schmittian radical conservatism
73(3)
Sacrifice
76(2)
Pathological hyper-modernism and hyper-reflexivity
78(1)
Life-world or system?
79(1)
Reflexivity
79(2)
Politics and theology
81(6)
The critique of `one-world civilization' and the nation
87(8)
Ethnos- and Demos-freaks - some illustrations
92(1)
On `centrism'
93(1)
Ethnocentrism or Demokratur?
93(2)
Forms of radical conservatism - an attempt at an international perspective
95(30)
Germany
98(6)
Austria
104(2)
France
106(1)
Russia
107(5)
USA
112(5)
Canada
117(1)
Libya
118(1)
China
119(6)
New political constellations?
125(16)
Retrogardism, Zivilisationskritik and radical conservatism
125(12)
Nationalism and socialism
137(4)
PART III CONCLUSIONS 141(10)
Radical conservatism, the sociology of knowledge and the future of politics
143(8)
References 151(10)
Index 161

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