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Twilight of Authority

Nisbet Robert

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ISBN 10: 0435836250 / ISBN 13: 9780435836252
Verlag: Heinemann, London, 1976
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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Heinemann 1976; This takes a look at the decline of the West , EX LIBRARY, good to very good in dust jacket; Ex-Library; 287 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7058

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Titel: Twilight of Authority

Verlag: Heinemann, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1976

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

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This text was first published in 1975, shortly after the resignation of President Richard Nixon, which revealed, according to Robert Nisbet, the extreme and corrupt manifestation of a democratic royalism that has its roots in several preceding administrations. Nisbet argues that the political community in the West had broken down after two centuries of ascendancy. He believes that the West has entered a twilight age that will be characterized by political and cultural crises similar to those that preceded the fall of Rome. He foresees the displacement of traditional, liberal society by centralized, collectivized power - what he terms the war society, driven by the rising power and expense of a hugely scaled military. Nisbet offers no prophecy of inevitable decline; rather, he means to call attention to the problem of finding the means generating a social order within which the individual can live and derive a spirit of initiative.

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"We had thought, or our forefathers had, that modern liberal democracy would be spared the kind of erosion and decay that both Plato and Aristotle declared endemic in all forms of state. Now we are not so sure." So wrote Robert Nisbet in the first edition of Twilight of Authority, published by Oxford University Press in 1975. "The centralization, and, increasingly, individualization of power is matched in the social and cultural spheres by a combined hedonism and egalitarianism, each in its own way a reflection of the destructive impact of power on the hierarchy that is native of the social bond, " he writes.

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