Crisis of the west in defense of decadent europe by raymond aron translated by stephen cox regnery gateway 297 pp 1495 this book which henry kissinger called one of the most important intellectual statements of our time is written by the outstanding western intellectual of the postwar period. Raymond arons in defense of decadent europe has a threefold purpose the analysis of the soviet russian regime and its marxist leninist theoretical foundation the detailed empirical comparison between liberal democracies and collectivist regimes of the east and above all the exploration of what might be termed the problem of democracy the tendency of democratic. Raymond arons book in defense of decadent europe was published in 1977 it was the time of pervasive pessimism and doubts about the future of both democracy and europe european economies were knocked down by the 1973 energy crisis. In defense of decadent europe south bend in regnery gateway 1977 from the publisher raymond arons in defense of decadent europe was first conceived at a time of great uncertainty for the western democraciesthe postwar economic boom had been interrupted by stagflation while communist and socialist parties in italy and france were powerful factors in europes political landscape. The title is ironic for this is a defense not of decadent but of liberal europe aron concedes europes problems and he analyzes their scope and effect acutely he believes however that they are episodic not symptoms of decline and he challenges the west to face realities to dismiss marxist promises of salvation and acknowledge the superiority and strength of free societies originally a
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