The Redemption of Democracy: The Coming Atlantic Empire

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The Revolution of Nihilism Is Universal

ABOVE ALL ELSE the revolution is universal. It cannot remain simply European. It is the final phase of the great revolutionary process that has steered the last five hundred years of Western history. There is nothing beyond it -- nothing but to return. Not to return in the sense of reaction, not the restoration of medieval conditions or of particular royal houses. It is a return in the sense of a pendulum swinging, starting back in the other direction. The revolution of nihilism is the ultimate form of the autocratic human will to dominate, at the point where it is transformed into its own opposite: serfdom and bestiality.

Perhaps this development was bound to come because only some such final extreme consequence could force a return. Only this consequence can reveal what was destruction even in the French Revolution, and show why the Communist revolution, so long prayed for, was bound to take some form such as the Bolshevik uprising. There are special reasons why Germany was the country where this ultimate experiment became a historical fact. But the question whether the whole world must pass through a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Part I 1
  • 1- The Steerage of the New Mayflower 3
  • 2- The Shattering of Security 9
  • 3- The Revolution of Nihilism is Universal 23
  • 4- The Very Heart of This War 33
  • 5- The Seafaring Democracies 41
  • Part II 61
  • 1- Hitler's Technique Again 63
  • 2- The New Social Basis 83
  • 3- The Unseen Revolution 107
  • 4- The Assimilation of the Revolution 129
  • 5- Leviathan 163
  • 6- The Redemption of Democracy 177
  • 7- The Mystery of Iniquity 195
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