Conditions of Liberty

Conditions of Liberty : Civil Society and Its Rivals

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Western democracies are "open societies" in which neither the state nor religion try to achieve a monopoly of power or the exclusive claim on people's hearts. In between the state and the family are countless other institutions from Trade Unions to stamp collecting clubs, from student organisations to churches and protest movements. This is the civil society. Before the fall of communism in 1989 all this was prescribed. The state controlled everything and in the Middle East this remains the case. In eastern Europe there is a burgeoning civil society but in fundamentalist Islamic society there is none. This book examines the part played by the civil society in a post-communist world. Examining Islam in its unique fundamentalism, the book asks what we can learn by a comparison between such a society and one in which civil society is often overwhelming.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 13mm | 170g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • notes, index
  • 0140236058
  • 9780140236057

Table of contents

A slogan is born; the two neighbours; Islam; the Marxist failure; the successful Umma; a contrast between the Abrahamic faiths; civil society completes the circle; Adam Ferguson; east is east and west is west; political decentralization and economic decentralization; ideological pluralism and liberal doublethink, or the end of the enlightenment illusion; modular man; modular man is nationalist; friend or foe?; the time zones of Europe; the varieties of nationalist experience; easternmost zone resumed; a note on atomization; the end of a moral order; from the interstices of a command-admin system; the definition of socialism; a new positive definition; towards a desirable unholy alliance; democracy or civil society; historical overview; future prospects; internal problems; the range of options; validation?
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