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Democracy, Economy, and Conservatism

Political and Economic Freedoms and Their Antithesis in the Third Millennium

Milan Zafirovski

This book reconsiders the relationship of modern free society-in particular political democracy and a free-market economy-and conservatism as its formidable adversary. Milan Zafirovski identifies and documents the several ways conservatism functions as the nemesis of the democracy and the free market. He provides discussion on forms of conservative government and the rise of nationalism, imperialism, and militarism, with special attention to wars of aggression and the threat of mutually assured destruction (MAD).

Combining economic and sociological theories gives the book a solid interdisciplinary approach, allowing for a thorough analysis of conservatism's overt and covert threats to modern free society. Zafirovski focuses on anti-democratic phenomena and uses historical and empirical evidence to support his assertions that the liberal-democratic ideal of individual and political liberty that most Western societies hold so dear is put at risk by the rise in conservatism on a global scale.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 460Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-1796-5 • Hardback • September 2008 • $126.00 • (£85.00)
Milan Zafirovski is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas.
1 Table of Contents
2 Preface
Chapter 3 1. Free Political Society and Conservatism
Chapter 4 2. Political Democracy versus Conservatism and Fascism
Chapter 5 3. Political Democracy versus Conservative Plutocracy, Oligarchy, and Theocracy
Chapter 6 4. Free Global Society versus Militarism and Imperialism
Chapter 7 5. Free Economic Society and Conservatism
Chapter 8 6. Free Economic Society and Conservatism: Continued
Chapter 9 Epilogue
Chapter 10 Selected Bibliography
Chapter 11 Index
Democracy, Economy, and Conservatism is a provocative and passionate assault on what the author contends are the lamentable effects of conservatism and its principles on individual political and economic liberty. Depending on ideological preferences the book will enrage some and delight others, but its well-reasoned and compelling analysis merits serious discussion and attention, especially after a failed era of dominant neoconservative influence of American politics.
Richard W. Mansbach, Iowa State University