The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens
Though Hitchens sometimes slips into the strident register characteristic of his Mail on Sunday columns ... of religious voices was a key aim of the vilest 20th-century despots. Hitchens should nevertheless have been more open about the role of faith ...
What Follies and Paradoxes!
While the Soviet Union was still a threat, to argue (as I do in this book) that we might be morally enlightened by the insights of ... only Dostoevsky seems to have seized on the essential characteristic of his thought: ‘Self-reflection—the ability ...
Bastille Day, Individualism and the Concept of Progress—in 1939 | The Nation
The very flame of enlightenment itself flickered and seemed about to go ... could justify the Reign of Terror as “the despotism of liberty against tyranny.” Nevertheless, if we go behind words to the sentiments, habits, and ways of life which words ...
For reasons of state
If David Pryce-Jones is to be believed, this event marked the beginning of two centuries of pernicious Arabophilia and anti-Semitism, leading successive French governments to support unpleasant Middle Eastern despots ... which was characteristic of almost ...
Politicians and absence of political philosophy
The leaders of the First Republic were what could be described as ‘enlightened despots` or benevolent and charismatic personalities. They established Universities, built stadia for sports development and offered scholarships to the children of the poor.