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Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift

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Paul A. Rahe is professor of history and political science at Hillsdale College and author of Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution and Against Throne and Altar: Machiavelli and Political Theory under the English Republic.


"Acute analysts of emergent commercial republicanism found much to praise, even while foreseeing (and showing how one might avert) its slide into mindless self-absorption. With this expert, engrossing account, Paul Rahe joins that honorable company who resist the further degradation of democratic souls."-Ralph Lerner, The University of Chicago -- Ralph Lerner "This is an exemplary deployment of great past thinkers in an intensely provocative, deliberately controversial meditation on the profound strengths and weaknesses or dangers in our political culture."-Thomas L. Pangle, author of Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism: A Commentary on the Spirit of the Laws -- Thomas L. Pange "A remarkable book."-Kenneth Minogue, Times Literary Supplement -- Kenneth Minogue Times Literary Supplement "Valuable... impressive and provocative... deserves to be widely read... a fine book."-William Voegeli, National Review -- William Voegeli National Review "Paul Rahe is a distinguished and prolific historian in the field of intellectual history who ventures with deliberate intent into political philosophy, judging what he sees."-Harvey Mansfield, Weekly Standard -- Harvey Mansfield Weekly Standard "Intelligent [and] well-reasoned."-Cynthia Grenier, Human Events -- Cynthia Grenier Human Events "Outstanding."-David Gordon, The Mises Review -- David Gordon The Mises Review Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 by Choice Magazine Choice "Rahe's volume does the further service...of exposing this dilemma regarding how to break through the amnesia of the late-modern liberal era without reinforcing its disdain for those backward minds that have not yet caught the wave of egalitarian and perpetually self-constructed liberation."--Paul O. Carrese, Journal of the Review of Politics -- Paul O. Carrese Journal of the Review of Politics

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