Totalitarianism and Political Religions

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Christianity and the West has been at war for hundreds of years with a succession of gnostic political religions and mass movements seeking to impose brutal elite rule and mastery of their subject peoples. These sinister efforts have been responsible for untold death, destruction, and misery. Over one hundred million persons alone perished in the 20th Century as a result of these murderous totalitarian regimes. For decades distinguished scholars such as Michael Burleigh, Eric Voegelin, Murray N. Rothbard, James H. Billington, Rudolf Rocker, Hannah Arendt, Norman Cohn,  Zbigniew Brzezinski, Raymond Aron, and Gerhart Niemeyer have intensely discussed and debated the concepts of totalitarianism and political religions to describe such destructive phenomena as National Socialism and Communism, as well as their heretical predecessors. Several LRC writers, most notably Dr. Christopher Manion and myself, have repeatedly emphasized the importance of such studies in fully understanding our past and the world around us. There is now available online the highly-acclaimed three volume set, Totalitarianism and Political Religions, which further explores these crucial topics. Here are volumes one, two, and three, as well as other related books.

8:07 am on July 19, 2011