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.”
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....
Whittaker Chambers’s Witness was published fifty years ago during the coldest days of the Cold War. It tells the story of a brilliant man driven by despair over the “crisis of our time” into the arms of the Communist Party. The story of Chambers’s descent to the Communist underground and return to the human world is told with remarkable eloquence, particularly Chambers’s gripping account of the two perjury trials of Alger Hiss in 1949 and 1950, which pitted the cerebral if somewhat disheveled Chambers against the worldly Hiss, a man who had been Chambers’s friend and protégé in the Washington Communist underground. . . .
Contemporary academic political theory, especially in the United States, is dominated by a largely sterile debate between liberals and communitarians.