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Democracy against itself

Jean-Francois Revel

Buy this book at Amazon.com or try Amazon.co.uk in England, Amazon.ca in Canada, Amazon.de in Germany, Amazon.fr in France, Amazon.it in Italy, Amazon.es in Spain. ASIN=0029263875, Category: Political Philosophy, Language: E, cover: HC

Translated by Roger Kaplan from the French edition (1992).
(Title of French original: Regain démocratique)

Illuminating facts about democracy, history and post-communism. Some quotes: "...taking for granted an imaginated future" (p10), "....there was never anything democratic about communist regimes."(p23), "The more state, the less law... 'democratorship.'"(p25), "Communism cannot be reformed; it can only be replaced by something else."(p27), "Politics is not a deductive science"(p40), "...to be a revolutionary is always to be a totalitarian...anarchy leads to despotism... despotism leads to anarchy..."(p40).

Especially enlightening is chapter 13 about the French society; in the original it is entitled "le pourrissement dans la tete."

The book includes an index.

Here is an excellent summary and review: Uncharted Waters by Patrick Glynn (1993)