15 January 2010

Book: Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right

An older book by a still controversial author is "Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right" by Tomislav Sunic. The book was first published in 1990 by Peter Lang, a second edition appeared in 2008, published by Noontide Press.


From the second publisher's description: "In this important work, Dr. Sunic takes a detailed look at the European 'New Right,' a significant intellectual movement of men and women who are concerned about the survival of the West. This book – Against Democracy and Equality – provides a survey of the New Right's origins, impact and outstanding figures, and an overview of the theory of 'revolutionary conservatism.'

"A healthy, enduring society, say New Right thinkers, must be based on the natural principles of hierarchy and aristocracy. Carl Schmidtt [sic], Oswald Spengler, Alain de Benoist, and the other leading figures of this intellectual current contend that egalitarianism – whether manifest in Marxism or in liberal democracy – inevitably leads to social decay and entropy.

"Rejecting both traditional liberalism and conservatism, the New Right calls for a European rebirth rooted in a stern awareness of history and human nature, and based on a recognition of Europe as an organic entity."

The book features an introduction by Paul Gottfried (Elizabethtown College) as well as a foreword by David J. Stennett.

Tomislav Sunic is a freelance writer living in Zagreb. This book is based on his doctoral dissertation in Political Science, defended in 1988 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He taught at colleges and universities in the US and Europe and served in various diplomatic positions with the Croatian government.

While this is a scholarly publication, please note the context. Both Sunic and the publisher of the book have been accused of holding racist views. Noontide (the publishing arm of the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review) also keeps many anti-Semitic titles in its programme.

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