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    DescriptionWith a new introduction by the author, this "erudite and brilliantly readable book" (The Observer, London) astutely dissects the political, economic and social origins of Western civilization to reveal a culture cripplingly enslaved to crude notions of rationality and expertise. The Western world is full of paradoxes. We talk endlessly of individual freedom, yet we've never been under more pressure to conform. Our business leaders describe themselves as capitalists, yet most are corporate employees and financial speculators. We call our governments democracies, yet few of us participate in politics. We complain about invasive government, yet our legal, educational, financial, social, cultural and legislative systems are deteriorating. All these problems, John Ralston Saul argues, are largely the result of our blind faith in the value of reason. Over the past 400 years, our "rational elites" have turned the modern West into a vast, incomprehensible, directionless machine, run by process-minded experts--"Voltaire's bastards"--whose cult of scientific management is empty of both sense and morality. Whether in politics, art, business, the military, entertain-ment, science, finance, academia or journalism, these experts share the same outlook and methods. The result, Saul maintains, is a civilization of immense technological power whose ordinary citizens are increasingly excluded from the decision-making process. In this wide-ranging anatomy of modern society and its origins--whose "pages explode with insight, style and intellectual rigor" (Camille Paglia, The Washington Post)--Saul presents a shattering critique of the political, economic and cultural estab-lishments of the West.


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    Title
    Voltaire's Bastards
    Subtitle
    The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Ralston Saul
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 640
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781476718965
    ISBN 10: 1476718962
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    DC21: 909.09821
    DC22: 909/.09821, 909.09821
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037070, HIS037030
    B&T Approval Code: A10170000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: BC177 .S28 2013
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    02 July 2013