Totalitarianism and Political Religion: An Intellectual History

Totalitarianism and Political Religion: An Intellectual History

A. James Gregor

The totalitarian structures that arose within the 20th century provided themselves as secular. but, as A. James Gregor argues during this ebook, they themselves functioned as religions. He offers an highbrow background of the increase of those political religions, tracing a collection of principles that come with trust sure textual content includes impeccable truths; notions of infallible, charismatic management; and the promise of human redemption via strict obedience, selfless sacrifice, overall commitment, and unremitting labor.

Gregor offers particular perception into the variations of Marxism, Fascism, and nationwide Socialism that ruled our instant earlier. He explores the seeds of totalitarianism as secular religion within the nineteenth-century ideologies of Ludwig Feuerbach, Moses Hess, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Richard Wagner. He follows the expansion of these seeds because the 20th century turned host to Leninism and Stalinism, Italian Fascism, and German nationwide Socialism—each a totalitarian establishment and a political religion.

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