- Hardcover: 520 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Pub; Subsequent edition (February 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895265370
- ISBN-13: 978-0895265371
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leftism Revisited: From De Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot Hardcover – February, 1991
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The author explains at length the leftist origins of National Socialism as well as Communism. He methodically dissects the leftist mindset, while tracing basically everything he views as leftist, back to the French Revolution and it's aftermath. He rails against democracy as being no different than socialism in it's impossible and harmful quest for equality. He makes no secret that he is a Christian aristocrat and supports a form of monarchy as the only true "rightist" government. He also claims that monarchy provides more personal liberty than democracy. If, like me, you blindly believed in democracy as a superior way of life, this book is a wake-up call. That being said, atheists and secularists will most likely reject this book, as K-L's entire philosophy rests on the foundation of a transcendent worldview that sees God as the ultimate authority.
Some notable ideas include:
Contrary to popular belief, fascism is a leftist movement. Enforced uniformity and the exaltation of the state above all else is a leftist invention that has the same origins as communism. Mussolini was an ex-socialist. The Nazi's saw all German communists as potential recruits. They were also anti-aristocrat, anti-tradition, and anti-capitalist.Read more ›
Kuhnelt-Liddihn's aim was to reinforce the noble Western tradition of individual freedom that has been under assault for so many decades now, from so many sides. Not an easy read, the book can be quite exhausting in places as the author puts his vast knowledge of human thought to work in support of his great insight.
Under the Leftist Mind, he discusses certain good forms and bad forms of government as they manifest in the realm of politics, e.g. monarchy versus tyranny, aristocracy vs oligarchy and republic vs a democracy. In this section he also explores some 40 odd characteristics of the Leftist mind, like hatred of freedom, secular fanaticism and materialism.
In the section titled Leftism In History, Kuhnelt-Leddihn provides an awesome analysis of Leftist history with reference to the French Revolution, the birth of the USA, and various manifestations of collectivist movements like Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Fascism and Nazism. He considers the French Revolution as the most characteristic manifestation of Leftism.
The author then examines American foreign policy under Wilson and Roosevelt, the Vietnam War and the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. Here he also talks about the fanatical nature of totalitarian ideologies that fills the void left by an imploding Christianity.
The passage on Liberalism, Real and False, reveals profound truths. Under Real Liberalism, he discusses the thinkers, the timeframe, the leaders, and attitudes towards religion.Read more ›
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I've rarely enjoyed a book so much that I've been in disagreement with, but this could be because Kuehnelt-Leddihn critiques leftism from a truly unfashionable Catholic monarchist... Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Baraniecki Mark Stuart
Now and then I read a book which is so quirky I don't know exactly what to make of it. On one page you find yourself discovering something you'd never imagined existed or making... Read morePublished on March 12, 2009 by Gerard Reed
The author logically demonstrates that Leftism=Evil, which needs to be said more often because its so true.
But what is the real origin of Leftism? Read more
"Leftism Revisited" is the best book I've read on Western social and political conditions. A true Christian conservative, EVKH's seemless prose makes the Rush Limbaugh/Sean... Read morePublished on May 17, 2007 by Yaakov (James) Mosher
A good principle to follow whenever opening a book is that age old motto, caveat emptor: get some basic data on the author, and try to get to know him better as you read the book. Read morePublished on April 30, 2006 by themcmanusbro
For anyone interested in the history of Leftism, this book will keep you glued to the pages. If you thought the French Revolution was a GOOD thing, you'll be enlightened as to why... Read morePublished on September 7, 2005 by Bolivar S.
I have read Erik von Keuhnelt-Leddihin's work, and believe to be excellent. I am especially a follower, to a degree, of his anarcho-monarchist philsophy. Read morePublished on July 21, 2005 by Right Liberty