Author: Leopold Tyrmand (Leopold Tyrmand)

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A Prudent Progressive

When I first came to these shores, almost 20 years ago, an escapee from communism’s lethal embrace, a sort of antiwar was raging here. I felt be­trayed. As anyone who lived under the most intricate tyranny of mind and body, I believed it every free man’s sacrosanct duty to combat commu­nism’s reptile stranglehold on truth...

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Democracy, its failures, weaknesses, and sins not withstand­ing, is the only political system in which the entire social body is to decide on who should conduct its affairs in its name. By the electoral process the majority’s opinion is consecrated as a source of legitimate political power. Annals record many variations of democratic societies in...

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A Prudent Progressive

Do people still rely on the credibility of Prince Bakunin? If they do, this surely must attest to the incurability of the Western civilization’s decline, to its perennial susceptibility to decay through murky and invincible diseases of perception and intelligence. It somehow makes us incline toward a Darwinian concept of justice: a civilization that has...

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A Prudent Progressive

The world is in its present condition (and many suspect that this state is much worse than before, even if “before” may mean only in our own individual mem­ory) because of ideas. Three of those ideas can be credited to three historical figures: Rousseau, Marx, and Freud. Marx came to the conclusion that human economic...