The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom

Transaction Publishers
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With a new introduction by the author The Vital Center is an eloquent and incisive defense of liberal democracy against its rivals to the left and to the right, communism and fascism. It shows how the failures of free society had led to the mass escape from freedom and sharpened the appeal of totalitarian solutions. It calls for a radical reconstruction of the democratic faith based on a realistic understanding of human limitation and frailty.
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Transaction Publishers
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Published on
Dec 31, 1950
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Pages
274
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ISBN
9781412839587
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Language
English
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Political Science / General
Political Science / History & Theory
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