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- DescriptionOne of the grim comedies of the twentieth century was the fate of miserable victims of communist regimes who climbed walls, swam rivers, dodged bullets, and found other desperate ways to achieve liberty in the West at the same time as intellectuals in the West sentimentally proclaimed that these very regimes were the wave of the future. A similar tragicomedy is being played out in our century: as the victims of despotism and backwardness from third world nations pour into Western states, the same ivory tower intellectuals assert that Western life is a nightmare of inequality and oppression. In The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life, Kenneth Migue explores the intelligentsia's love affair with social perfection and reveals how that idealistic dream is destroying exactly what has made the inventive Western world irresistible to the peoples of foreign lands. The Servile Mind looks at how Western morality has evolved into mere politico-moral posturing about admired ethical causes--from solving world poverty and creating peace to curing climate change. Today, merely making the correct ises and parading one's essential decency by having the correct opinions has became a substitute for individual moral actions. Instead, Migue posits, we ask that our government carry the burden of solving our social--and especially moral--problems for us. The sad and frightening irony is that as we allow the state to determine our moral order and inner convictions, the more we need to be told how to behave and what to think.
- Author BiographyKenneth Minogue is Emeritus Professor of political science at the London School of Economics. He has written books on liberalism, nationalism, the idea of a university, the logic of ideology, and, more recently, on democracy and the moral life. He has reviewed in many places, and has been a columnist for the Times, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and other outlets.
- Author(s)Kenneth R. Minogue
- PublisherEncounter Books,USA
- Date of Publication08/10/2009
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEncounter Books,USA
- Weight725 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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- allourstatesare...31 Jul, 2013by
10/10 would read, this is my 3rd copy I tend to give books away.
The author's perspective is a broad one and is not imposed, rather shared with the reader. A lot of highly sophisticated ideas are communicated in very readable form in this book.
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