The New Totalitarian Temptation

Europe is in the grip of a soft despotism, says Todd Huizinga, author of The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Huizinga describes where the European Union went wrong, what British voters should think about as they consider leaving the EU, and whether the United States is following the EU on the path to unaccountable governance.

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  1. drlorentz Member
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    It’s remarkable that there’s no mention of Jean-François Revel, author of La Tentation Totalitaire (The Totalitarian Temptation, 1976). Revel gave the Huizinga Lecture with the same title.

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    • March 14, 2016, at 7:44 PM PDT
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  2. I Walton Member

    drlorentz:It’s remarkable that there’s no mention of Jean-François Revel, author of La Tentation Totalitaire (The Totalitarian Temptation, 1976). Revel gave the Huizinga Lecture with the same title.

    Yes. I remember enjoying Revel’s book, but not much else, was many decades ago. Aren’t they fundamentally different? Revel worried about the appeal of the totalitarian left to our intellectuals, especially the flabby journalistic ones. This seems to focus on the vague soft utopianism that has been with us forever and now has the thrust and interests of an administrative elite driving it.

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    • March 15, 2016, at 4:37 AM PDT
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