LIBERTY OR EQUALITY by Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

LIBERTY OR EQUALITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It is always interesting to read about best ways to rule the world. In this case the author's solution lies in Roman Catholicism. The method used is a neat, deterministic description of political and religious thought and event from the Reformation to the present day, the outcome of which says that protestantism, child of democracy, formed the necessary background for the rise of fascism and national socialism. In seven chapters the author says these things: that the great political thinkers, in the true Platonic sense of the word, from 1790 to the present, saw totalitarianism as a direct outcome of democracy; that democracy is inherently a weak form of government; that a monarchy is a more stable form of government; that the political temperament of today's Catholic Nations is liberal and strong in faith; that the reformers Hus, Luther and Calvin worked indirectly for the establishment of the first real police state (under Calvin's regime in Geneva) and caused the rise of Naziism. To avoid the pitfalls of democracy it is necessary to create a maximum of individual liberty, abolish the party system, to have a strong ideological and philosphical system, keep the majority will subordinate to the determination of what is reasonable and useful, subjugate utilitarian and rational values to the commands of ethics and religion. Of course, there is little mention made of the pitfalls of Roman Catholicism and what more can be done after reading such a book than to go and make prayer to the Lord? To be said in its favour, the author's thesis is presented in a scholarly, well documented and well planned form.

Publisher: Caxton