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0029263875
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Revel
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Free Press (October 25, 1993)
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Democracy Against Itself" was written at an interesting time for the world: it was published in 1993 . The book has a couple of trifling faults, however. The first is in the latter part of the book when Revel discusses "interventionism

Democracy Against Itself" was written at an interesting time for the world: it was published in 1993, and had seen the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, yet did not have the advantage of seeing the subsequent outcomes of the fall of the Soviet Union. The first is in the latter part of the book when Revel discusses "interventionism. I believe that he fails to make the case conclusively for the setting of interventionist policies, and leaves the issue at least partly unresolved.

Recalling the "euphoria" that swept the democratic countries after the fall of communism, Revel asks whether it was justified, and he concludes that we came much closer to losing the Cold War than many believe.

Democracy Against Itself: The Future of the Democratic Impulse (1993), Revel, Free Press (1993), p. 264 ISBN 0029263875 . There is a big difference between being anti-American and being critical of the United States. 264 ISBN 0029263875, 9780029263877. Anti-Americanism (2003). Anti-Americanism (2003), by Jean-François Revel, San Francisco: Encounter Books. Once again: critiques are appropriate and necessary, provided that they rest on facts and address real abuses, real errors and real excesses - without deliberately losing sight of America's wise decisions, beneficent interventions and salutary policies.

Presents a global overview of the worldwide revolution for democracy

Presents a global overview of the worldwide revolution for democracy. Revel also discusses the weaknesses of democracy, pointing out the errors consistently made by the democracies in the struggle against communism, and assessing democracy's current chances for survival in the Third World. Format Hardback 288 pages.

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Against Itself: The Future of the Democratic Impulse," that democracy had become not only indispensable, but inevitable. Jean-François Revel, in the uniform of the Académie Française.

A decade later, he contended that the same French sort of intellectuals who had difficulty criticizing Stalin seemed unwilling to face up to the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Jean-François Revel, Democracy Against Itself: The Future of the Democratic Impulse (1993), Revel, Free Press (1993), p. 26. It seems to me that this is the only way as our eyes look to the future. 264. Jean-François Revel. französischer Schriftsteller und Philosoph 1924 - 2006. As we look out across the years and across the generations, let us develop and move right here. We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love.

Criticism of democracy is grounded in democracy's purpose, process and outcomes. Since Classical antiquity and through the modern era, democracy has been associated with "rule of the people," "rule of the majority," and free.

Democracy Against Itself: The Future of the Democratic Impulse . He concludes the book with an analysis of the political, economic, and cultural factors that will decide whether or not the third wave continues. Huntington's emphasis on practical application makes this book a valuable tool for anyone engaged in the democratization process. At this volatile time in history, Huntington's assessment of the processes of democratization is indispensable to understanding the future of democracy in the world.

Argues that communism fell despite the weakness of the democratic countries, and makes suggestions on how to perpetuate democracy
  • Mitars Riders
Jean-Francois Revel died recently. It was a tragic loss for critical political thought. Revel, long established as the senior statesman of French political commentary, has written many books, all of which are worth reading. "Democracy Against Itself" was written at an interesting time for the world: it was published in 1993, and had seen the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, yet did not have the advantage of seeing the subsequent outcomes of the fall of the Soviet Union. Interestingly, this thoughtful commentary has proven far more durable and accurate in it's predictions than most other books of the same era.

The title of my review comes, of course, from the famous quote by Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg, and Revel accurately uses it as a metaphor for the hollow promises of communism and socialism. Perhaps better than any other author (perhaps excluding Solzhenitsyn) Revel analyzes not only the objective failures of communism and socialism, but the underlying reasons behind the failures, both from a historical and a human behavioral point of view. Unsurprisingly, Revel was generally unpopular in his native France, where he was an outspoken critic of socialism (and especially of the illegal activities of the Mitterrand government) and a proponent of representational democracy, with specific admiration for the US.

This book not only is effective in defending democracy and capitalism, it is insightful into the parallels of socialism and third world politics (which very often are the same thing,) with special dislike for policies of the UN which have tended to impede development and human rights furtherance in the third world, especially in post-colonial Africa.

Chapter twelve is devoted to the problems inherent in Islamic governments, and is especially noteworthy given subsequent events. The foreshadowing Revel provides in this chapter is not only visionary, but accurate. As far as I am concerned chapter twelve is the most important in the book and should be studied thoroughly by anyone with an interest in current world events.

The book has a couple of trifling faults, however. The first is in the latter part of the book when Revel discusses "interventionism." I believe that he fails to make the case conclusively for the setting of interventionist policies, and leaves the issue at least partly unresolved. The second is a byproduct of his exceptional intellect: the book is very verbose, and in translation from the original French, is occasionally difficult to read. I am not arguing that a book of this complexity or stature should be light reading, only that some sentences are more convoluted than absolutely necessary, occasionally to the detraction of the underlying point of discussion.

This is an important book. Despite the fact that it is now thirteen years old, it still contains utterly brilliant analysis of current and historical events, and is an excellent introductory course in the political analysis of communist and socialist governments and their pitfalls. I got this book out when I heard of Revel's passing. His was an intellect and wit rarely seen, and his thoughts, even though imperfect, are always lucidly presented and worth consideration. I highly recommend this book.
  • Kann
There is not such as a clear mind as Jan Francois Revel was..A very deep analysis with many references and indisputable facts of how Democracy fails if does not try to overthrone her self in the name of her.
  • Ahieones
Much more hopeful and upbeat than How Democracies perish, Revel has had a Damascus Road experience. His concepts of Third Worldism and the cycle of dependency fostered by statist markets is clear and ineluctable, and can be seen still influencing the Africa of today.

Yes he does forshadow the rise of Islamo-fascism well but makes a strong case throughout his book that there is a moral duty, of even petrhaps intervention for democractic nations when confronted by governments that oppress their consitutencies