The legacies of totalitarianism : a theoretical framework / Aviezer Tucker
- Tucker, Aviezer, 1965-
- New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Physical Description:
- x, 260 pages ; 24 cm
- Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. The adjustment of elite rights to interests; 2. Post-totalitarian rough justice; 3. Rough justice: post-totalitarian retribution; 4. Rough and shallow: post-totalitarian rectification; 5. The new politics of property rights; 6. Old to new totalitarianism: post-totalitarian higher education; 7. Short-circuiting reason: the legacies of post-totalitarian thinking; Conclusion. Only dissidents can save us now.
- "The first political theory of post-Communism examines its implications for understanding liberty, rights, transitional justice, property rights, privatization, rule of law, centrally planned public institutions, and the legacies of totalitarian thought in language and discourse. The transition to post-totalitarianism was the spontaneous adjustment of the rights of the late-totalitarian elite to its interest. Post-totalitarian governments faced severe scarcity in the supply of justice. Rough justice punished the perpetrators and compensated their victims. Historical theories of property rights became radical, and consequentialist theories, conservative. Totalitarianism in Europe disintegrated but did not end. The legacies of totalitarianism in higher education met New Public Management, totalitarian central planning under a new label. Totalitarianism divorced language from reality through the use of dialectics that identified opposites and the use of logical fallacies to argue for ideological conclusions. This book illustrates these legacies in the writings of Habermas, Derrida about democracy, personal responsibility, dissidence, and totalitarianism"--
- 9781107121263 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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