Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right

Tom Sunic


Softcover, 241 pages
ISBN: 0939482630
Stock Number: 0605

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, 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.

This book, explains a review in American Renaissance newsletter, "not only traces the history of 'revolutionary conservatism' but introduces a contemporary school of European writers who are struggling to find answers to the questions that, in America, are not yet being asked. ...Dr. Sunic has given us an important book. This review can only begin to summarize the richness of thought that he has found in scores of books and journals that are not even available in English. Dr. Sunic has opened the door to a great but little-known body of learning that directly addresses our current crisis.

Samuel Francis, an American scholar and syndicated columnist, writes that Tomislav Sunic "has managed to pack in a good deal of information and to discover several important common themes among the writers he surveys... By far the most intriguing part of Mr. Sunic book is his account of the New Right's critique of equality, 'economism,' and Judeo-Christianity, which, rather than the secularism of the Enlightenment, it sees as the root of egalitarianism and universalism."

Tomislav Sunic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1953. He studied French and English at the University of Zagreb before taking a Master's degree at California State University, Sacramento. He received a doctorate in political science in 1988 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. he has served as a professor at California State University, the University of California, and Juniata College in Pennsylvania. He has lectured widely in Europe and the United States. Articles, reviews and essays by Sunic have appeared in a range of periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and Chronicles. He has been interviewed many times on radio and television, including CNN and "The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour."

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