The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea

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Little, Brown Book Group, 19 mag 2016 - 416 pagine
An ideology is sweeping Europe and the world which threatens democracy and the rule of law. The post-national ideology, which posits that nation-states are no longer capable of running their own affairs in a modern, interdependent economy, confuses the constitution of a state with the power of its government, and ignores the importance of the sense of community essential to any democratic debate. A rigorous synthesis of historical and philosophical arguments, THE TAINTED SOURCE is a powerful appeal in favour of the constitutional foundations of the liberal order. Post-national structures - multinational companies, 'region-states' and supranational organisations such as the European Union - are corrosive of liberal values, to such an extent that John Laughland makes it devastatingly clear that the post-national ideology formed a crucial core of Nazi economic and political thinking. Like the European ideology of today, it was predicted on dissolving the nation-state and the liberal order.

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Recensione dell'utente  - BrianHostad - LibraryThing

Slightly dated now as events have moved on, but interesting in view of current Euro crisis. I'm not convinced that just because say Nazi's were keen on a european union it means that the EU is consequently a flawed idea. Leggi recensione completa

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Renowned as a commentator on European affairs for the WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE, the SPECTATOR and the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, John Laughland taught politics and philosophy in Paris for five years at the Sorbonne.

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