Between the Extremes

Author: Nick Clegg

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473545730

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 2442

'Compelling' Ian McEwan 'Engrossing' Alan Johnson 'Essential' Robert Peston *THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* Politics has changed. For decades Britain was divided between Left and Right but united in its belief in a two-party state. Now, with nationalism resurgent and mainstream parties in turmoil, stark new divisions define the country and the centre ground is deserted. Nick Clegg witnessed this change from the inside. Here he offers a frank account of his experiences and puts the case for a new politics based on reason and compromise. He writes candidly about the tense stand-offs within government and the decision to enter coalition with the Conservatives in the first place. He also lifts the lid on the arcane worlds of Westminster and Brussels, the vested interests that suffocate reform, as well as the achievements his party made despite them. Whatever your political persuasion, if you wish to understand politics in Britain today you cannot afford to ignore this book.

Radical Democracy and Political Theology

Author: Jeffrey W. Robbins

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527136

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

View: 8049

Alexis de Tocqueville once wrote that "the people reign over the American political world like God over the universe," unwittingly casting democracy as the political instantiation of the death of God. According to Jeffrey W. Robbins, Tocqueville's assessment remains an apt observation of modern democratic power, which does not rest with a sovereign authority but operates as a diffuse social force. By linking radical democratic theory to a contemporary fascination with political theology, Robbins envisions the modern experience of democracy as a social, cultural, and political force transforming the nature of sovereign power and political authority. Robbins joins his work with Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's radical conception of "network power," as well as Sheldon Wolin's notion of "fugitive democracy," to fashion a political theology that captures modern democracy's social and cultural torment. This approach has profound implications not only for the nature of contemporary religious belief and practice but also for the reconceptualization of the proper relationship between religion and politics. Challenging the modern, liberal, and secular assumption of a neutral public space, Robbins conceives of a postsecular politics for contemporary society that inextricably links religion to the political. While effectively recasting the tradition of radical theology as a political theology, this book also develops a comprehensive critique of the political theology bequeathed by Carl Schmitt. It marks an original and visionary achievement by the scholar the Journal of the American Academy of Religion hailed "one of the best commentators on religion and postmodernism."

Social Life, Local Politics, and Nazism

Marburg, 1880-1935

Author: Rudy J. Koshar

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469617137

Category: History

Page: 413

View: 6430

Focusing on Marburg, a contentious university town where voters demonstrated strong electoral support for Adolf Hitler's National Socialist party, this imaginative study discusses the political role of small-town organizational life and painstakingly reconstructs the full range of Nazi sympathizers' cross-affiliations with local voluntary groups.

Wie Demokratien sterben

Und was wir dagegen tun können

Author: Steven Levitsky,Daniel Ziblatt

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641222915

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 6699

Ausgezeichnet mit dem NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis 2018 als bestes Sachbuch des Jahres Demokratien sterben mit einem Knall oder mit einem Wimmern. Der Knall, also das oft gewaltsame Ende einer Demokratie durch einen Putsch, einen Krieg oder eine Revolution, ist spektakulärer. Doch das Dahinsiechen einer Demokratie, das Sterben mit einem Wimmern, ist alltäglicher – und gefährlicher, weil die Bürger meist erst aufwachen, wenn es zu spät ist. Mit Blick auf die USA, Lateinamerika und Europa zeigen die beiden Politologen Steven Levitsky und Daniel Ziblatt, woran wir erkennen, dass demokratische Institutionen und Prozesse ausgehöhlt werden. Und sie sagen, an welchen Punkten wir eingreifen können, um diese Entwicklung zu stoppen. Denn mit gezielter Gegenwehr lässt sich die Demokratie retten – auch vom Sterbebett.

European Yearbook / Annuaire Europeen 1955

Author: Council of Europe/Conseil de L'Europe

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9789024709212

Category: Political Science

Page: 551

View: 4564

The "European Yearbook promotes the scientific study of nineteen European supranational organisations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Each volume contains a detailed survey of the history, structure and yearly activities of each organisation and an up-to-date chart providing a clear overview of the member states of each organisation. Each volume contains a comprehensive bibliography covering the year's relevant publications.

A Short History of the Weimar Republic

Author: Colin Storer

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857733559

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 2324

It is impossible to understand the history of modern Europe without some knowledge of the Weimar Republic. The brief fourteen-year period of democracy between the Treaty of Versailles and the advent of the Third Reich was marked by unstable government, economic crisis and hyperinflation and the rise of extremist political movements. At the same time, however, a vibrant cultural scene flourished, which continues to influence the international art world through the aesthetics of Expressionism and the Bauhaus movement. In the fields of art, literature, theatre, cinema, music and architecture – not to mention science – Germany became a world leader during the 1920s, while her perilous political and economic position ensured that no US or European statesman could afford to ignore her. Incorporating original research and a synthesis of the existing historiography, this book will provide students and a general readership with a clear and concise introduction to the history of the first German Republic.

Understanding A/S Level Government Politics

Author: Christopher Wilson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719060816

Category: Political Science

Page: 311

View: 7857

This book covers the A/S level government and politics syllabuses offered by the main examination boards in the UK. Written in clear, accessible, easy to understanding language, with checklists, bullet points, chapter summaries, boxes and charts, revision notes and sample examination questions, as well as further sources of information, in both written form and on the web, it covers everything from the electoral system and parties to the EU and constitutional reform.

Trapped Between the Extremes of Good and Evil

The Story of an International Serial Killer, Angels and Demons, One Twin Brother's Hatred of the Other, and a San Francisco Detective Caught in the Mi

Author: Jerry Dampier

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781425959272

Category: Angels

Page: 328

View: 4373

Good and evil are as old as ethics or morality itself. For without an understanding of religious or philosophical ethics, the moral existence of good and evil would be impossible to comprehend; the term good, for example, would be exclusively a matter of subjective personal likes and dislikes in other words, a mere matter of taste, differing from individual to individual with no real obligation to the public good or safety. As it currently stands in philosophy, for instance, the term good may be understood as engaging in righteous conduct; the term good may also be understood as an object that corresponds and fulfills natural needs inherent in human nature. These natural needs, for example, which are deeply, rooted in human nature, manifest themselves in our human desire for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, among other things. In these two senses, the term good is an objective universal value, based on the reality of man (by man I mean human beings everywhere, of course). From natural needs, we derive the doctrine of human rights. It logically follows that the things we have a natural human need for, we as human beings also have a natural right to. This idea is not only used in the real world that you and I live in; it is also used in the storyteller's world of fiction or imaginary literature. Anything working to defeat or frustrate the good in the real world or in the storyteller's world is judged evil. This is of the utmost importance to those who believe in right and wrong. For right and wrong always follow good and evil. Society can never know what right or wrong is in the domain of social human affairs, without first knowing what is good and what is evil, and what makes it so. In Trapped Between the Extremes of Good and Evil, we enter a fictional world and explore the phenomenon of good and evil through the actions of an international serial killer, angels and demons, one twin brother's hatred of the other, and a San Francisco detective caught in the middle of it all.

The Study of Politics

Author: M. Duverger

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400931719

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 7161

If the study of politics is to be rewarding both intellectually and practically it must. by definition. concern itself with the great issues which arise in the real world and with the fundamental arguments which occur about their nature and the possible solutions to them. Abstract political philosophy which is not informed by the experi ence of practice will become sterile. A study of constitutions and the machinery of government can become dry-as-dust and hence boring unless the underlying principles are analysed and grasped. But theo ries of political change divorced from an understanding of consti tutions and institutions will degenerate into mere phrase-mongering. Attempts to apply the techniques of the natural sciences to politics will lead to model building for its own sake and thence to arid and barren intellectualism unless it is understood that it is impossible to quantify the intangible. Indeed. anyone-sided approach to politics and consequent failure to grasp the essential wholeness of the sub ject is bound to end in disaster. The study of politics is a study of changing human relationships in dynamic societies. Thus it involves. since the present and hence the future are shaped in part by the past. an appreciation of history.

Reinterpreting the Political

Continental Philosophy and Political Theory

Author: Lenore Langsdorf,Stephen H. Watson,Karen A. Smith

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791437940

Category: Philosophy

Page: 330

View: 7016

Rereads classical figures in continental thought, takes up current topics in the legacy of political theory, and analyzes and evaluates Foucault's work as a prime manifestation of the complicated modern interface between truth and power, institution and liberation.

Collected Bodhi Leaves Volume IV

Numbers 91 to 121

Author: Various,Louis van Loon,Lily de Silva,Webu Sayadaw,Susan Elbaum Jootla,Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano,Geshe Wangyal,Nauyane Ariyadhamma Mahathera,Georg Grimm,Suvimalee Karunaratna,Nina Van Gorkom,Ajahn Chah,Samanera Bodhesako,Acharya Buddha-rakkhita,Bhikkhu Khantipalo,Mahasi Sayadaw,Ayya Khema,Bhikkhu Sucitto,Ajahn Sumedho,Leonard Price,Natasha Jackson and Hilda M. Edwards,Karel Werner,M. O’C. Walshe,Lafcadio Hearn,Eileen Siriwardhana

Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN: 9552403731

Category: Religion

Page: 456

View: 8815

This book contains thirty one numbers of the renowned Bodhi Leaf Publication series, dealing with various aspects of the Buddha’s teaching. Bodhi Leaves 91: Buddha-Bush—Bhikkhu Khantipalo 92: Radical Buddhism and Other Essays—Leonard Price 93: The Heart Awakened—Eileen Siriwardhana 94: The Rebirth of Katsugoro—Lafcadio Hearn 95: Meditating on No-Self—Ayya Khema 96: To The Cemetery and Back—Leonard Price 97: Sayings and Parables—Various Authors 98: Heedfulness—Bhikkhu Khantipalo 99: The Middle Way and other essays—M. O’C. Walshe 100: The Doctrine of Rebirth in Eastern and Western Thought—Karel Werner 101: Mind Training in Buddhism—Natasha Jackson and Hilda M. Edwards 102: Bhikkhu Tissa Dispels Some Doubts—Leonard Price 103: Religious Convention and Sila Practice—Ajahn Sumedho 104: Walking Dhutanga in Britain Bowing to conventions—Bhikkhu Sucitto 105: An Exhortation Self-image or Self-knowledge?—Ayya Khema 106: The Ups and Downs of Rebirth—Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw 107: The Training of the Heart—Ajahn Chah 108: Aggression, War, and Conflict—Bhikkhu Khantipalo 109: Positive Response: How to Meet Evil with Good—Acharya Buddha-rakkhita 110: The Buddha and Catch-22—Samanera Bodhesako 111: Our Real Home—Ajahn Chah 112: The Problem of Fear in Time of Grief—Nina Van Gorkom 113: The Walking Meditation—Suvimalee Karunaratna 114: Going Into Homelessness—Georg Grimm 115: Anapanasati: Meditation on Breathing—Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Mahathera 116: Essential Advice of the Kadampa Masters—Geshe Wangyal 117: A Buddhist View of Abortion—Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano 118: On Pilgrimage—Susan Elbaum Jootla 119: Dhamma Discourse III—Webu Sayadaw 120: The Self Made Private Prison—Lily de Silva 121: Why the Buddha Did Not Preach to a Hungry Man—Louis van Loon

Political Extremes

A conceptual history from antiquity to the present

Author: Uwe Backes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135259437

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 9495

The Western tradition of the constitutional state, with its ancient roots, defines political extremes as the epitome of that what must be absolutely rejected. It highlights tyranny, despotism, despotic rule, non-autonomy, ruthless enforcing of interests as ‘extreme’, contrasting this to a virtuous mean which guarantees moderation. In this volume, the culmination of twenty years of extensive research, Uwe Backes provides a conceptual history of the notions "extreme" and "extremism" from antiquity to the present day. The terminological history of political extremes had been related for more then two millennia with the term mesotês used in the Aristotelian ethics and the theory of mixed constitution. Both doctrines influenced the republicanism of the North Italian city states and later the United States of America as well as British parliamentarism. The positions of moderation and extremes were not joined until the course of the French Revolution with the distinction of right- and left-wing, and this is how it still exists today in the intellectual-political geography. This unique source based study reconstructs these developments from ancient times to the present. Tracing the history of the concept of political extremism from Ancient Greece to the present day, this is an invaluable resource for scholars of democracy, extremism and political sociology.

Hegel's Political Philosophy

Author: Thom Brooks

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865545X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 914

A new and significantly expanded edition of the first systematic reading of Hegel's political philosophy.

The Politics of Nihilism

From the Nineteenth Century to Contemporary Israel

Author: Nitzan Lebovic,Roy Ben-Shai

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623566983

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 3436

Contemporary politics is faced, on the one hand, with political stagnation and lack of a progressive vision on the side of formal, institutional politics, and, on the other, with various social movements that venture to challenge modern understandings of representation, participation,and democracy. Interestingly, both institutional and anti-institutional sides of this antagonism tend to accuse each other of "nihilism", namely, of mere oppositional destructiveness and failure to offer a constructive, positive alternative to the status quo. Nihilism seems, then, all engulfing. In order to better understand this political situation and ourselves within it,The Politics of Nihilism proposes a thorough theoretical examination of the concept of nihilism and its historical development followed by critical studies of Israeli politics and culture. The authors show that, rather than a mark of mutual opposition and despair, nihilism is a fruitful category for tracing and exploring the limits of political critique, rendering them less rigid and opening up a space of potentiality for thought, action, and creation.

Die Bücherdiebin


Author: Markus Zusak

Publisher: cbj Verlag

ISBN: 3894804270

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 1666

Selbst der Tod hat ein Herz ... Molching bei München. Hans und Rosa Hubermann nehmen die kleine Liesel Meminger bei sich auf – für eine bescheidene Beihilfe, die ihnen die ersten Kriegsjahre kaum erträglicher macht. Für Liesel jedoch bricht eine Zeit voller Hoffnung, voll schieren Glücks an – in dem Augenblick, als sie zu stehlen beginnt. Anfangs ist es nur ein Buch, das im Schnee liegen geblieben ist. Dann eines, das sie aus dem Feuer rettet. Dann Äpfel, Kartoffeln und Zwiebeln. Das Herz von Rudi. Die Herzen von Hans und Rosa Hubermann. Das Herz von Max. Und das des Todes. Denn selbst der Tod hat ein Herz. „Die Bücherdiebin“ ist eine Liebesgeschichte, eine Hommage an Bücher und Worte und eine Erinnerung an die Macht der Sprache, die im Roman von Markus Zusak viele Facetten zeigt: den lakonisch-distanzierten Ton des Erzählers, Poesie und Zuversicht – und die reduzierte Sprache der Nazipropaganda.

The Politics of Truth

Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills

Author: John H. Summers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199887799

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2228

C. Wright Mills was a radical public intellectual, a tough-talking, motorcycle-riding anarchist from Texas who taught sociology at Columbia University. Mills's three most influential books--The Power Elite, White Collar, and The Sociological Imagination--were originally published by OUP and are considered classics. The first collection of his writings to be published since 1963, The Politics of Truth contains 23 out-of-print and hard-to-find writings which show his growth from academic sociologist to an intellectual maestro in command of a mature style, a dissenter who sought to inspire the public to oppose the drift toward permanent war. Given the political deceptions of recent years, Mills's truth-telling is more relevant than ever. Seminal papers including "Letter to the New Left" appear alongside lesser known meditations such as "Are We Losing Our Sense of Belonging?" John Summers provides fresh insights in his introduction, which gives an overview of Mills's life and career. Summers has also written annotations that establish each piece's context and has drawn up a comprehensive bibliography of Mills's published and unpublished writings.

The Arms Dynamic in World Politics

Author: Barry Buzan,Eric Herring

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers

ISBN: 9781555875961

Category: Political Science

Page: 325

View: 1809

What is the relationship between the arms dynamic and world politics? How has that relationship changed? Considering the set of factors that influence the nature of armed forces, this comprehensive book puts these questions into historical and analytical perspective.