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Against the Masses: Varieties of Anti-Democratic Thought Since the French Revolution

Joseph V. Femia

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198280637
eISBN:
9780191599231
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198280637.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Given the almost universal assumption that democracy is a ‘good thing’, the goal of mankind, it is easy to forget that ‘rule by the people’ has been vehemently opposed by some of the most ... More


Introduction and Preview

Joseph V. Femia

in Against the Masses: Varieties of Anti-Democratic Thought Since the French Revolution

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198280637
eISBN:
9780191599231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198280637.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

After discussing the various definitions of democracy, the chapter laments the paucity and inadequacy of the literature on anti‐democratic thought. Hirschman's three categories of ‘reactionary’ ... More


Conclusion

Joseph V. Femia

in Against the Masses: Varieties of Anti-Democratic Thought Since the French Revolution

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198280637
eISBN:
9780191599231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198280637.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Summarizes the various arguments of the book and further explores the idea of unanticipated consequences and its significance for democratic and anti‐democratic thought. Anti‐democratic thinkers ... More


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