…and, therefore, liberty.
Leftism: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse, by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (EvKL)
The history of the wild, wild left…
Leftism in the Western World has roots reaching way back into the dim past. Leftist ideas and notions made themselves felt again and again in late medieval and modern history, but for its first concrete and, in a way, fateful outbreak and concretization we have to look to the French Revolution.
That’s the Cliff’s Notes version….
My intent is to focus on the time beginning with the European Middle Ages. My reasons for not reaching back any further in time should be clear to regular readers; also, I think it will be clear from some of what is offered by EvKL. For example, regarding the political liberties of the Greece of Plato and Aristotle:
…while social liberties were perhaps marked, political liberties were few, though here we have to bear in mind that the concept of the person as we know it did not exist in antiquity. It makes its appearance in the Western World-and solely in the Western World-only with the advent of Christianity.
Is there really much point to go further back in time? To a time when a person was not considered a person? Well, maybe I will go back just a little, regarding the egalitarian idea of democracy:
Not only the democratic government, but the “dear people” were opposed to Socrates and he can, without exaggeration, be called a victim of democracy, of the vox populi.
Salvador de Madariaga has said that Western civilization rests on two deaths – the death of Socrates and the death of Christ. And indeed the Crucifixion was also a democratic event.
Two wolves and a sheep (well, a Lamb in one case) voting on what to have for dinner.
During the Middle Ages “democracy” had a bad connotation…