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HOW DEMOCRACIES PERISH- JE4AN FRANCOIS REVEL
THE AMERICAN THINKER ^ | June 18, 2013 | By Daren Jonescu

Posted on 01/03/2014 6:02:06 PM PST by Dqban22

How Democracies Perish, Deathbed Edition

By Daren Jonescu

AMERICAN THINKER, June 18, 2013

http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/../2013/06/how_democracies_perish_deathbed_edition.html

At the heart of this work, Revel details "The Tools of Communist Expansion," among which the most relevant for understanding our current situation comes in Chapter 16, "Ideological Warfare and Disinformation." The profound simplicity of Revel's nuts and bolts account of totalitarianism's Cold War advance, far from being obsolete, actually sheds light on a defining feature of today's progressive ascension: the perverting of the free press into a propaganda ministry.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: communism; deathofthewest; democracy

1 posted on 01/03/2014 6:02:06 PM PST by Dqban22
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To: Dqban22

For in the morning!


2 posted on 01/03/2014 6:12:06 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Dqban22

Interesting. I had not thought of Revel in years, until I recently came across the transcript of a Firing Line appearance. His pessimism at the time was due to his conviction that democracy could not prevail against communism because it was too busy criticizing itself to fight (I paraphrase).

We won the battle (Cold War) that Revel thought we would lose, but are losing the broader war for the very same reasons Revel feared. Our culture is unable or unwilling to defend itself. The West is so critical and hating of itself that its enemies don’t really need to exert a great deal of external force. The evil is eating away at us from within.


3 posted on 01/03/2014 6:13:33 PM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Dqban22

Bookmarked it, this article is a keeper.


4 posted on 01/03/2014 6:20:45 PM PST by txhurl
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To: cdcdawg

It doesn’t help the fight against Communism when guys like Revel criticize the Chrisianity that built the west.


5 posted on 01/03/2014 6:21:04 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: Dqban22
BTT. This will be the third Revel on my shelves.

Using the information-gathering powers of a federal agency to isolate, harass, and suppress one's political opponents is not the wayward act of a few low-level bureaucrats; it is the normal operation of a totalitarian faction that seeks not to "do a better job" than the other party, but to annihilate all principled resistance to its fundamental transformation of a semi-free nation.

They never hid their intention to transform, but carefully obscured their precise aims. That those aims were never discussed critically within the normal process in the media is perhaps the greatest warning sign that we have lost the brake of reason to brute power.

6 posted on 01/03/2014 6:24:34 PM PST by Billthedrill
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Jean-François Revel quotes

“Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.” ― Jean-François Revel

“A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence.” ― Jean-François Revel

“Democracy tends to ignore, even deny, threats to its existence because it loathes doing what is needed to counter them. It awakens only when the danger becomes deadly, imminent, evident. By then, either there is too little time left for it to save itself, or the price of survival has become crushingly high.” - Jean-François Revel

“To totalitarianism, an opponent is by definition subversive; democracy treats subversives as mere opponents for fear of betraying its principles.” ― Jean-François Revel

Jean Francois Revel On Anti-Americanism:

“Discredited by its complacent indulgence of, or complicity in, Communist genocides, the Left never stops imagining fascist dangers culled from the museums of history. According to its own version of history, the only real twentieth-century totalitarianism was Nazism, or more generally fascism in its multiple forms. Hence the incessant drumming on the subject of Hitler, the Holocaust, Mussolini and Vichy, whereas the chronicle of Communism's crimes, which have continued long after 1945, is always subject to vigilant censorship.

Any book devoted to the topic sets off a counter-offensive against its author (or authors), on whom are dumped cartloads of mendacious calumnies, above all the accusation of serving the interests of Nazism and anti-Semitism. This practice is aimed at discrediting them, so as to avoid the duty of having to formulate replies.

[Footnote: For detailed descriptions of these tactics, I refer the reader to two of my own books: La Grande Parade (Plon, 2000; Pocket, 2001); and La Nouvelle Censure (Robert Laffont, 1977). In La Grande Parade I describe in particular the disgraceful defamatory treatment inflicted on the authors of The Black Book of Communism.] But it is the Left whose loyalties we have to question.”

“It is not surprising if students, in their manifestos and demonstrations, call upon a truncated version of history: this is the expurgated version that prevails in secondary and university education. Jacques Marseille, himself an hors caste (pariah) historian, recounts: "When I sat on the examining board of the HEC [Footnote: Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales: the top French business school, one of the Grandes Ecoles.], I often questioned the students about Stalinism. Most of them replied with a straight face that Uncle Joe's mistake was to prioritize capital goods over the consumer goods sector. Then I would ask them if they weren't aware of any more serious transgressions--the Gulag, for example.... Amazing!" [Footnote: Le Figaro, 26 April 2002.] ***

“The fundamental role of anti-Americanism in this agenda will be readily understood. Europe in general and its Left in particular absolve themselves of their own moral failings and their grotesque intellectual errors by heaping them onto the monster scapegoat, the United States of America. For stupidity and bloodshed to vanish from Europe, the U.S., contrary to every lesson of real history, must be identified as the singular threat to democracy. Even during the Cold War, although it was the U.S.S.R. that annexed Eastern Europe, made satellites out of several African countries and invaded Afghanistan, and although it was the People's Republic of China that marched into Tibet, attacked South Korea and subjugated three Indochinese countries, it remained dogma among Europeans--from Sweden to Sicily, from Athens to Paris--that the only power that could be fingered as "imperialistic" was America.” ― -Jean-François Revel

7 posted on 01/03/2014 6:48:53 PM PST by Dqban22
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To: Dqban22

“That is, the West received the worst of the news (of communist atrocities) once it had already become mere “history,” thus dulling its emotional impact.”

Sounds like the tactic that Clinton cabinet employed (i.e., “it’s old news”) to shout down those who criticized their boss’s shabby treatment of his past girl friends.


8 posted on 01/03/2014 7:01:33 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: Dqban22
Jean-François Revel quotes

“Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.” ― Jean-François Revel

“A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence.” ― Jean-François Revel

“Democracy tends to ignore, even deny, threats to its existence because it loathes doing what is needed to counter them. It awakens only when the danger becomes deadly, imminent, evident. By then, either there is too little time left for it to save itself, or the price of survival has become crushingly high.” - Jean-François Revel

“To totalitarianism, an opponent is by definition subversive; democracy treats subversives as mere opponents for fear of betraying its principles.” ― Jean-François Revel

Jean Francois Revel On Anti-Americanism:

“Discredited by its complacent indulgence of, or complicity in, Communist genocides, the Left never stops imagining fascist dangers culled from the museums of history. According to its own version of history, the only real twentieth-century totalitarianism was Nazism, or more generally fascism in its multiple forms. Hence the incessant drumming on the subject of Hitler, the Holocaust, Mussolini and Vichy, whereas the chronicle of Communism's crimes, which have continued long after 1945, is always subject to vigilant censorship.

Any book devoted to the topic sets off a counter-offensive against its author (or authors), on whom are dumped cartloads of mendacious calumnies, above all the accusation of serving the interests of Nazism and anti-Semitism. This practice is aimed at discrediting them, so as to avoid the duty of having to formulate replies.

[Footnote: For detailed descriptions of these tactics, I refer the reader to two of my own books: La Grande Parade (Plon, 2000; Pocket, 2001); and La Nouvelle Censure (Robert Laffont, 1977). In La Grande Parade I describe in particular the disgraceful defamatory treatment inflicted on the authors of The Black Book of Communism.] But it is the Left whose loyalties we have to question.”

“It is not surprising if students, in their manifestos and demonstrations, call upon a truncated version of history: this is the expurgated version that prevails in secondary and university education. Jacques Marseille, himself an hors caste (pariah) historian, recounts: "When I sat on the examining board of the HEC [Footnote: Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales: the top French business school, one of the Grandes Ecoles.], I often questioned the students about Stalinism. Most of them replied with a straight face that Uncle Joe's mistake was to prioritize capital goods over the consumer goods sector. Then I would ask them if they weren't aware of any more serious transgressions--the Gulag, for example.... Amazing!" [Footnote: Le Figaro, 26 April 2002.] ***

“The fundamental role of anti-Americanism in this agenda will be readily understood. Europe in general and its Left in particular absolve themselves of their own moral failings and their grotesque intellectual errors by heaping them onto the monster scapegoat, the United States of America. For stupidity and bloodshed to vanish from Europe, the U.S., contrary to every lesson of real history, must be identified as the singular threat to democracy. Even during the Cold War, although it was the U.S.S.R. that annexed Eastern Europe, made satellites out of several African countries and invaded Afghanistan, and although it was the People's Republic of China that marched into Tibet, attacked South Korea and subjugated three Indochinese countries, it remained dogma among Europeans--from Sweden to Sicily, from Athens to Paris--that the only power that could be fingered as "imperialistic" was America.” ― -Jean-François Revel

9 posted on 01/03/2014 7:10:06 PM PST by Dqban22
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The Vichy Republicans will thunder into town on white horses to save us.


10 posted on 01/03/2014 8:00:04 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Dqban22

The media has been the propaganda arm of the marxists for many decades and these people are just waking up? And I thought liberals were dense.


11 posted on 01/03/2014 8:02:12 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: txhurl

This article is amazing.


12 posted on 01/03/2014 8:17:37 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Standing Wolf

“The Vichy Republicans will thunder into town on white horses to “

Round up the usual suspects.


13 posted on 01/03/2014 8:57:26 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: cdcdawg

Whitaker Chambers “Witness”shows real life action and implementation of the infiltration of the Progressives into positions of power in the US government
The recent book by Diana West,”American Betrayal”goes into specifics on this also,an excellent book.


14 posted on 01/04/2014 6:54:29 AM PST by ballplayer
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