Political Order and Political Decay
- From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
- Sprecher: Jonathan Davis
- Serie: Political Order, Titel 2
- Spieldauer: 24 Std. und 1 Min.
- Ungekürztes Hörbuch
- Erscheinungsdatum: 30.09.2014
- Sprache: Englisch
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Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 12.03.2016
Causation gone wild
This book was a continuation of my journey into sociology & polical science. I selected an author who is or at least was associated with the US neoconservative movement. A good way to temper my own confirmation bias after the lecture of more liberal views of the world.
This "opus magnum" covers a wide historical span and in spite of the sometimes repeated episodes is definitely a demonstration of the extensive knowledge of the author. The book however emanates the author's sympathy for on the one side Chinese tradition (and their claimed invention of a professional State) and on the other side a laudatio over the qualities of the virtues of the societal elites (to whom he certainly feels associated). The narration is a collection of cherrypicked stories that support these sympathies, worse: effects are axiomatically linked to the author's "right" causes. Like many of this claims also In his outspoken sympathy for Confusianist tradition, I would have seen more of a Plato's Republic ( were - by the way - both historical authors are roughly contemporaries).
In spite of this harsh critique, the book remains an interesting historical overview of politics, certainly not devoid of insights into the mindset of the inner circle of power of the USA. The major thought that I will take from this book is that one should not be surprised when reality goes wild when in the written excerpts of the men behind the scenes of power causation can take such extreme shortcuts.
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