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James Burnham’s ‘The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom’

10 Sep

Got a few hours?

Go here and read James Burnham’s ‘The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom’.

Burnham shows how Machiavelli has been misunderstood, and how rational and scientific he was in his approach to politics, and how, collectively, his most prominent intellectual disciples have fleshed out his principles into a comprehensive theory of power, one with great explanatory capacity.

Already in 1941-1942, as with his earlier book ‘The Managerial Revolution’ Burnham foresaw the direction our world was heading in, and alas, many of his fears have been borne out in our 21st century dystopia.

But that same dispassionate understanding also shows us some possible ways out, through understanding the nature of power, and losing our illusions about it.

Tolle, lege!

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Posted by on September 10, 2019 in book review, The Kulturkampf

 

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