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Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman
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Mar 01, 2009

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Read in June, 2007

Berman shows totalitarianism, its causes, and impact on society, in a way that leaves liberalism as a more reasonable and, in comparison,a more conservative solution. He describes "liberal" in the philosophical sense based on liberty. His point is that it is the liberal societies that have prospered in the last centuries and that have produced successes. On the opposite side, or maybe both sides, of this success have been extremes that by their very nature all are totalitarian. Connecting those extremes and particularly Nazism, Communism, and Islamic Extremism is made clearer by Berman's use of Albert Camus's book the Rebel.
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