Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right

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By Tomislav Sunic

Against Democracy and Equality was the first book ever published in the English language on the European New Right, and it remains an indispensable introduction to a school of thought which remains a vibrant force in the understanding of European politics. 

Dr. Sunic examines the principal themes which have concerned the thinkers of the New Right since its inception by Alain de Benoist in 1968, such as the problematic nature of the label 'New Right' for a school which sees itself as being beyond traditional concepts of both the left and the right; its revolutionary political philosophy; its conception of history in terms of cycles; its attitude toward democracy, capitalism and socialism; and its endorsement of 'pagan' spirituality. 

He also discusses the significance of some of the older authors who have been particularly influential on the development of the movement, such as Oswald Spengler, Carl Schmitt and Vilfredo Pareto. This new edition of Against Democracy and Equality has been completely re-edited, and offers new prefaces by both Dr. Sunic and the principal theorist of the European New Right, Alain de Benoist. Also included for the first time is the Manifesto for a European Renaissance, which highlights the positions of the New Right as it enters a new millennium.

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TOMISLAV SUNIC was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1953. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Sunic gives lectures around the world, and has his own weekly Internet radio show, The Sunic Journal, on the Voice of Reason network. He has also authored several other books, including Homo Americanus: Child of the Postmodern Age (2007) and 
Postmortem Report: Cultural Examinations of Postmodernity (2010), He continues to live in Zagreb.


PART I: Enter the New Right

I. The ‘Gramscianism’ of the Right
II. The Conservative Left or the Revolutionary Right?
V. Carl Schmitt and Politics as Destiny
VI. Oswald Spengler and History as Destiny
VII. Vilfredo Pareto and Political Pathology
VIII. The Pagan Right

Part Two: The Egalitarian Mystique

I. The Metaphysics of Equality
II. The New Right and the Elusive Equality
III. Homo Economicus: The Battle of All Against All
IV. Totalitarianism and Egalitarianism
V. Homo Sovieticus: Communism as Egalitarian Entropy


Appendix I: Major Figures of the European New Right
Appendix II: Manifesto for a European Renaissance