Daniel J. Mahoney is Professor of Politics at Assumption College. He received his B.A. from the College of Holy Cross and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in political science. In 1999, Professor Mahoney was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron. He is associate editor of Perspectives on Political Science and book review editor for Society magazine. A renowned expert on French political philosophy, his books also include the critically acclaimed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology.
Some of Mahoney’s lecture themes include: “Political Issues, Modern States, Ideology and Revolution,” “The Study of International Relations: Thucydides to Aron,” “Political Economy: Smith to Hayek,” and “Political Leadership.”
The West’s victory over Communism is best understood not as a victory for democracy per se but as a defeat for the illusion that persons could somehow live dignified lives without property, religion, or politics.
Paul Edward Gottfried, The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium
American conservatives are more disengaged from European political and intellectual life than ever, and many are intent to contemn all things European. Of course, a certain distrust of “advanced” European thought is perfectly warranted: the dominant stream of European opinion has indeed turned away from the best intellectual and moral resources of the Western tradition....
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of a series of political events that changed the face of democracy worldwide. The events of 1968—not only in Berkeley and Paris, but also in Mexico City, Dakar, and Tokyo—hold an iconic place in the minds of those on the Right and Left who lived through their tumultuous occurrence. But what did they mean? Was 1968 the birth of the first truly democratic and liberal form of government, or was it rather a fit of historical amnesia in which traditions of freedom that predated ’68 were deliberately forgotten and in their place were established commitments to dogmatic relativism and an extreme version of egalitarian society? . . .
Michael Burleigh, a distinguished English historian, is the author of a remarkable trilogy on the “political religions” that have been the scourge of late modernity. In his authoritative The Third Reich: A New History (2000) , Burleigh studied Nazi Germany as a form of totalitarian society....