LIMITS OF DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION. UNDERMINING REASON AS A POST-TOTALITARIAN SYNDROME.

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Dragoş Petrescu

Abstract

My intervention on Aviezer Tucker’s book addresses four key issues, which Francis Fukuyama defines as the four levels on which consolidation of democracy must take place: (1) ideology; (2) institutions; (3) civil society; and (4) culture. Tucker’s analysis provides insightful reflexions on the role played by each of these four spheres in the post-totalitarian setting. By thoroughly examining totalitarian legacies, Tucker concludes that totalitarianism is not dead and has already made a partial return. To resist and even reverse this phenomenon, he sets forth a disarmingly simple solution: the return of dissidents. Neo-dissidents might save their post-totalitarian societies from hate, lies and sheer pragmatism through love, truth and personal integrity. Only time will tell if Tucker’s solution works.

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Petrescu, D. (2019). LIMITS OF DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION. UNDERMINING REASON AS A POST-TOTALITARIAN SYNDROME. Porównania, 24(1), 251-255. https://doi.org/10.14746/por.2019.1.20
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Dragoş Petrescu, Universitatea din București

Dragoş Petrescu – prof. porównawczej politologii i historii najnowszej na Wydziale Nauk PolitycznychUniwersytetu w Bukareszcie. Jego obszar specjalizacji to porównawcza analizasystemów komunistycznych w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej i przejście do demokracjiw 1989 r. Jest autorem książek: Entangled Revolutions: The Breakdown of the Communist Regimesin East-Central Europe (Bukareszt: Editura Enciclopedică, 2014) and Explaining the RomanianRevolution of 1989: Culture, Structure, and Contingency (Bukareszt: Editura Enciclopedică, 2010).

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