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The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom

Author: 
Pilon, Juliana Geran, Ph.D.
Credentials: 
Senior Fellow, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization Author of "The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World" and "Cultural Intelligence for Winning the Peace"

Foreword by John J. Dziak, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow in Intelligence Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council and Senior Fellow at the International Assessment & Strategy Center

After the unexpected collapse of the Soviet Union, the categories of “Left” and “Right” continue to be used to describe political ideologies, despite their historic ambiguity and a shared utopian root. The idealistic belief that a perfect world is possible continues to dwell on existential hope for messianic salvation. This belief lay at the heart of the apocalyptic narratives of the Bible and reflects what the Greeks called hubris, a fatal and destructive form of conceit. This conceit reemerged in the Gnostic sects of early Christianity, then again in medieval millenarianism, Jacobinism, Marxism, Fascism, and secular “liberal” collectivism. Modern-day Salafi Islam is the latest manifestation in this nefarious tradition. In The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom, noted political philosopher Juliana Geran Pilon explores the roots of this malevolent ideology as the common ancestor of both anti-capitalism and anti-Semitism in the contemporary world, where political and religious freedom is increasingly under assault.

In an age of rampant religious and philosophical skepticism and national and ethnic deracination, religious and quasi-religious ideologies bent on the vilification and destruction of entire communities are confronting and undermining a confused, guilt-ridden, materialistic, and often nihilistic Western society. In this bold and dynamic book, Pilon argues that a strong defense of freedom and pluralism, which forms the basis of constitutional democracy, is essential for the survival of civilization. Culturally sensitive and empirically tested outreach, predicated on an uncompromising defense against disinformation and terror, must be waged by all civilized nations, but especially the United States as its role evolves in a changing world.

Market: 
American Studies, Political Science, Political Philosophy, Ideology, Intellectual History, Religion, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, Utopianism, Anti-Semitism, Global Politics
Release Date: 
July 15, 2019
ISBN: 
978-1680531558 Hardcover
Price: 
$139.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
264
Index: 
Yes
Bibliography: 
Yes
Illustrations: 
None
CIP: 
Yes
Publisher: 

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Irish Research Series: 
No