The Modern Social Conflict: An Essay on the Politics of Liberty

Ralf Dahrendorf, Author George Weidenfeld & Nicholson $17.95 (219p) ISBN 978-1-55584-208-6
Hammering out a liberal policy of basic economic entitlements for all citizens should be number one on any modern democracy's political agenda, argues Dahrendorf, a political theorist at St. Antony's College, Oxford. But labeling the author a liberal would oversimplify his unorthodox thinking. For example, he suggests community service and redistribution of work as possible options for achieving greater equality. He criticizes World Bank foreign-aid projects that benefit the haves while leaving the have-nots in the lurch. The German-born Dahrendorf repeats his often-criticized thesis that Hitler's National Socialism cleared the way for Germany's modernization. The least convincing sections of his book argue that class conflict is a dead issue. The most original parts develop provocative views, such as his assertion that the Soviet Union and China are closer to autocracy than to totalitarianism. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Paperback - 219 pages - 978-0-520-06861-2
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