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This Great Beast

Progress and the Modern State, 1st Edition

By R. Catley, W. Cristaudo


437 pages

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First published in 1997, this volume follows Catley and Cristaudo as they defend Western Civilization against all comers: against the rest of the world, especially the Third World, and against its own internal irritants: ‘the scribblings of the intelligentsia’ by idealist philosophers, feminists, greens, post-moderns, multiculturalists, Orientalists, anti-nationalists, socialists and Keynesians, most of them tenured academics in the arts and social sciences. As academic political scientists themselves they have done time in a number of the ideological prisons they attack, and they write about those states of mind with experienced cynicism … As in Paradise Lost, the devil gets all the best tunes. The identification of civilization’s enemies is wildly, sometimes hilariously, politically incorrect.


’Readers may not all be persuaded that social democracy is dead and gone and a good thing too, or that it is right for politicians to be habitual liars, but even the most hostile will find it hard not to enjoy the violence, fun and audacity of the argument.’ Hugh Stretton, leading social democratic theorist and author of The Political Sciences; Capitalism, Socialism and the Environment; and Ideas for Australian Cities ’…interesting and comprehensive discussion of Schmitt…’ Australian Journal of Political Science ’… re-examination of the modern liberal democratic state in the light of major political philosophies …’ Bibliographie De La Philosophie

Table of Contents

1. Characteristics and Typology of the Modern State. 2. Social evolution and the Modern State. 3. The Purpose of the State. 4. Philosophy Dreaming: Idealist Approaches to the State. 5. The Seizure of State Power: Realist and Idealist Approaches. 6. The Preservation of Order: Leviathan and Behemoth. 7. The Legitimate Representation of Interests: The People. 8. Separating Powers of Willing Unity?: Montesquieu vs. Rousseau and Paine. 9. The Extension of Representation. 10. The Development of Social Rights and Social Democracy. 1. The Mature Civilized State. 12. The Behaviour of States in the International Arena. 13. Globalisation and the State. 14. The Future of the State.

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