[PDF KINDLE] Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought By Carl Schmitt

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  • Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought
  • Carl Schmitt
  • English
  • 05 November 2018
  • 9780262691260

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SUMMARY Ê Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought REVIEW Ý GARAKAMI.CO Ñ Carl Schmitt S of our age and as the philosophical godfather of Nazism Carl Schmitt was a brilliant and controversial political theorist whose doctrine of p. The situation of parliamentarism is critical today because the development of modern mass democracy has made argumentative public discussion an empty formality Parties do not face each other today discussing opinions but as social or economic power groups calculating their mutual interests and opportunities for powerThe book has too many gems to list here The introduction details the context behind Schmitt s book in particular how his focus was on the German liberal constitution and its problematic aspects The preface to second edition which is essentially a thorough response by Schmitt to Thoma s critiue is worth reading twice Schmitt has a blunt style of writing and overall he s a pessimist not expecting anything from the parliamentary democracy of the time but a lot of his valuable observations carry weight in today s systems as well The book has four parts the first two focusing on the parliamentarism and the latter two critiuing Marxism and dictatorships such as Mussolini s fascism The appendix has Thoma s critiue which is fairly weak in comparison to Schmitt s arguments I d recommend reading the preface to second edition afterwards again I found it valuableThe book is thin but heavy and not for light hearted reader Drawing many arguments from Hobbes Marx Tocueville Rousseau Burke Montesuieu Mill and others Schmitt builds his argument solidly If you are into politics or political theory this is a great read for you

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Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

SUMMARY Ê Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought REVIEW Ý GARAKAMI.CO Ñ Carl Schmitt The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy offers a powerful criticism of the inconsistencies of representative democracyDescribed both as the Hobbe. As usual with Schmitt a well argued and interesting textAlso as usual and perhaps to be expected from a right wing Catholic the analysis is carried out on a completely idealistic level that of the self moving history of ideas aloneHis assertion that Marx s fanatical pursuit of the critiue of political economy was motivated by a need to show that thebourgeoisie as a social phenomena was fully comprehensible and thus outmoded in a Hegelian sense strikes me as dubious to say the least and indicative of what was probably a very shallow grasp of the relevant writings on Schmitt s part When it comes to his examination of irrational myth he makes a connection in terms of intellectual lineage between Proudhon and Bakunin to Mussolini through the mediation of SorelThe family relation of fascism with both elements of anarchism and the broader scene of non Marxist socialism and syndicalism is indisputable and has been covered in depth by Sternhell however to concentrate as Schmitt does in thus text upon classical anarchist thought as an anti rational negation of the Enlightenment is incredibly one sided and misleadingThe culture of pre WW1 anarchism was permeated by a na ve faith in science progress and reason uite comparable to that of liberal positivism everyone from union organizers to individualist expropriators finding common ground in the redemptive power of reasonHis description of democracy is vivid and appropriately cynical however he stumbles when it comes to the assumption of a necessary contradiction between democracy and parliamentary bourgeoisie liberalism failing to see that the homogonous social body he postulates as reuisite for democracy is in fact provided by liberalism s world of commodity producing citizens nominally eual in the sphere of exchange with the revolutionary proletariat as perhaps the worst heterogeneous element of them all

REVIEW Ý GARAKAMI.CO Ñ Carl Schmitt

SUMMARY Ê Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought REVIEW Ý GARAKAMI.CO Ñ Carl Schmitt Olitical leadership and critiue of liberal democratic ideals distinguish him as one of the most original contributors to modern political theor. Ok I admit I didn t make it past the first chapter But I enjoyed what I did read If you have an interest in theorists like Agamben it is good to start with Schmitt After all he was the one to coin the phrase state of exception