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Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards a Secular Theocracy Hardcover – October, 2002

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Paul Edward Gottfried is Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of After Liberalism and The Search for Meaning.


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  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press; First Edition edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826214177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826214171
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on April 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In light of the depraved nature of American culture, it's easy for any second-hander to catalog a bunch of disparate events and ideas and package them with a littany of canned-bromides about "multiculturalism" and "political correctness." (As an example, I just read a story the other day about "ethnomathematics.") On the other hand, it takes a scholar to make sense of the intellectual trends that are dominating the Western world.
Fortunately, the paleoconservative movement has such a scholar in Dr. Paul Gottfried. Prof. Gottfried focuses on trends such as "diversity," "multiculturalism," and "sensitivity" showing that there is a theology behind them. The Christian view of sin and redemption is replaced by a secular counterpart of "insensitivity" and psychological manipulation. Based on Prof. Gottfried's approach, the desire of the left (old left and neocon "right") becomes understandable. American foreign policy (which was historically based on the idea of American interest, however misguided at times) is now focused on fighting "intolerance." The love affair of the left with immigration likewise becomes understandable. What better way to apologize for your nation's alleged sins then slowly destroying your culture through a change in the population? This fact isn't lost on European conservatives, who - as Prof. Gottfried notes - realize that these new voters aren't likely to vote conservative.
For some reason, the Jewish holocaust takes center stage in this new religion, in which both liberals and their alleged opponents seeks to draw lessons from this event. That nearly three million Poles died at the hands of the Nazis is ignored. Likewise, Stalin's murder of millions of Ukrainians in the name of egalitarianism gets short shift.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P McCarthy on March 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Much cant has been written about "multiculturalism" both by its supporters and its enemies. Paul Gottfried is no friend of multiculturalism, but his book is not the sort of thoughtless griping that often comes from conservative critics. Instead he takes a hard look at the historical force from which multiculturalism derives, and where those forces are ultimately leading those of us in the United States and Europe. Gottfried's subtitle is even more apropros than his main title, because his subject matter really is a newly emerging "secular theocracy."
It's a theocracy, as Gottfried explains, in part because of its concern with reforming and reshaping the individual conscience. The cultural preconditions for this have been within Western civilization for some time, Gottfried shows, but it is now, with the rise of the managerial-therapeutic state, that they have become truly virulent. Multiculturalism is not simply an attitude or a set of beliefs, but a policy that governments are enforcing upon unwilling invdividuals.
Gottfried is a careful scholar whose work cannot be reduced to an easy ideological pigeon-hole. He's a firm conservative whose analysis can be apprecaited by thoughtful readers of any persuasion. The depth of analysis in *Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt* makes it more profoundly politically incorrect than any of the more superficial, sensationalistic treatments of multiculturalism offered by most other writers.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Professor Gottfried's book might well be titled "On Our Present Discontents." He provides an erudite analysis of multiculturalism and its causes, many of which Gottfried locates in a secularized version of the religious impulse for reform. The topic has drawn many authors, but Gottfried's work stands apart on many levels. It is openly conservative and deeply critical of multicultualism, while displaying a more sophisticated view and greater knowledge than others on the right who gained fame from talk shows or think tanks. Gottfried avoids the jargon that clots most academic writing, and makes a clearer case than such defenders of multiculturalism as Martha Nussbaum and Amy Guttmann. Unlike almost all other writers on both sides of the question, he places the American experience in a wider context and compares it with similar trends in Europe and Canada. Widely read in German, French, and Italian, he has a solid grasp of European politics. Few others works discuss multuculturalism in Europe so well or explain the populist movements that have arisen in reaction to it. For that perspective alone, the book is worth the price of admission.
The relationship between religion--particularly the "Protestant Deformation" Gottfried cites--deserves more attention than it receives. Historians have noted the role of the 19th century "Social Gospel" and Finneyite Christianity, while theologians have described many 20th century political movements as basically religious in their motivation. Gottfried describes multiculturalism as an American export, but he also discusses how the decline of traditional Christianity in Europe and European-derived societies provided fertile ground. On this point too, the book makes an important contribution that neither side of the debate can afford to neglect.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Decoster on December 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Professor Paul Gottfried wrote _Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt_ as an extension of his earlier book, _After Liberalism_. Let's face it, society is under fire from political correctness, diversity schemes, and anti-discrimination fascism handed down from the political elite and their appointed "experts" that are running rampant trying to micro-manage the State's progressive agenda. The Managerial State has moved from economic redistributionist schemes and welfare economics to total Thought Control, where every aspect of individual attitudes and behavior comes under fire by the Feds and their appointed "experts." Behavioral policies are set forth upon unwilling "subjects" by the ruling regime when and where it is advantageous to its identititarian political schemes. Hence, we have the modern Therapeutic State.
The Protestant Deformation movement (liberal Protestantism), Gottfried says, is one of the major players in the progressive self-destruction of European and American traditionalist institutions. He warns that the new internationalism put into practice by modern leaders "aims at nothing less than a transformation of human consciousness."
This excellent book is perhaps the most courageous one of its kind, and certainly, the only book to so deftly challenge the therapeutic statists on their own turf.
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