War and Democracy

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War and Democracy
Cover of the first English edition
Author(s) Paul Gottfried
Cover artist Daniel Friberg
Country London
Language English
Genre(s) Politics
Publisher Arktos
Publication year 2012
Pages 174
ISBN 978-1-907166-80-8

War and Democracy - Selected Essays 1975-2012 is a 174 page anthology written by the Jewish-descended North-American political scientist, professor and author Paul Gottfriede. He is one of the best known paleoconservative persons still affiliated with the Republican party in the USA that still are active, next to persons such as Patrick Buchanan. The book is a collection of his articles from a life spent as a writer in the fields of book reviews, polemics and cultural, historical and philosophical subjects in general. Several of the articles are critiques of his co-ethnic adversaries that run the neoconservative wing of the Republican party, and that basically run the main party, as well. This clique has, according to Gottfried, led the USA into several wars on behalf of what Gottfried and others perceive as anti-American interests, often based on Jewish identity politics, not what Gottfried perceive to be what is best for the US. The book is basically the showdown between these neoconservatives and Gottfried. In addition the book includes several articles and essays based on what he perceives to be his frivolous present-day world, often based on a fictional conflict against a dead Nazism that exist merely in name as a boogeyman, according to Gottfried. On the other hand, liberalism is spreading over the entire world and is a very real adversary for would-be conservatives, instead of an imagined "Fourth Reich", or something of that nature. Gottfried is loosely affiliated with the North-American section of the European New Right, also known as the North-American New Right.

From the back of the book

War and Democracy presents a selection of essays and reviews by Paul Gottfried written from 1975 to the present. They cover a variety of topics, both historical and contemporary, ranging from Oswald Spengler and the Frankfurt School to the destruction of classical liberalism, the dumbing down of higher education and the increasing dominance of administration in democratic governments. Most crucially, Gottfried sees Western governments as engaged in a messianic fantasy of bringing democracy to the world, an imperialist endeavor that has only brought disaster to all nations concerned, while liberties at home are being gradually curtailed.

A recurring theme is the transformation of the modern West, and how the meanings behind the ideas and concepts which helped to build our civilization have been altered to create a new type of society that bears a connection with that of our forefathers in name only. He points out that the history we are taught and the “Right” that we know today have become signifiers for a very different reality that is in many ways opposed to what they stood for previously. Gottfried remains tenacious in his defense of the original meaning and purpose behind the conservative movement, which favors organic social growth as opposed to imposition through force and an expanding bureaucracy.

“The notion that all countries must be brought — willingly or kicking and screaming — into the democratic fold is an invitation to belligerence. The notion that only democracies such as ours can be peaceful is what Edmund Burke called an ‘armed doctrine.’ … It is simply ridiculous to treat the pursuit of peace based on world democratic conversion as a peaceful enterprise. This is a barely disguised adaptation of the Communist goal of bringing about world harmony through worldwide socialist revolution.”

—Arktos, 2012

About the author

Paul Gottfried (b. 1941) has been one of America’s leading intellectual historians and paleoconservative thinkers for over 40 years, and is the author of many books, including the landmark Conservatism in America (2007). A critic of the neoconservative movement, he has warned against the growing lack of distinctions between the Democratic and Republican parties and the rise of the managerial state. He has been acquainted with many of the leading American political figures of recent decades, including Richard Nixon and Patrick Buchanan. He is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and a Guggenheim recipient.


  • Introduction 7
  • 1. History or Hysteria 13
  • 2. Oswald Spengler and the Inspiration of the Classical Age 20
  • 3. The Sacred Eclipsed? 33
  • 4. On “Being Jewish” 38
  • 5. A Post-Liberal America 43
  • 6. The Managerial President 47
  • 7. The Good Old Order 56
  • 8. Germany’s War Wounds 62
  • 9. War and Democracy 67
  • 10. For Zionists, Time to Choose 72
  • 11. Wrong Revolution 77
  • 12. Bourgeois Radical 82
  • 13. The Marcuse Factor 87
  • 14. Mussolini in the Mideast 98
  • 15. Rogue Notions 104
  • 16. Invisible Fist 111
  • 17. Ilana, Israel and the Paleos 118
  • 18. The Patron Saint of White Guilt 122
  • 19. Victor’s History 127
  • 20. A Man in Full 132
  • 21. The Myth of “Judeo-Christian Values” 140
  • 22. Don’t Blame Fascism 145
  • 23. The Inspiration of Joe Sobran 150
  • 24. George F. Kennan’s Realism 153
  • 25. Institutions of Higher Emoting 165

Publication data

War and Democracy - Selected Essays 1975-2012, Paul Gottfried, 2012, Arktos, ISBN 978-1-907166-80-8


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