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*Leviathan and Its Enemies* is Samuel T. Francis's magnum opus on political theory and the history of the modern world, which had been lost to the world after his untimely death in 2005 and is published here for the first time. This edition includes new introductory and critical essays by Jerry Woodruff, Fran Griffin, and Paul E. Gottfried. In his Introduction, Jerry Woodr ...more
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Published August 12th 2016 by Washington Summit Publishers
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C. Varn
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book someone would expect a socialist like me to like, or even be Samuel Francis is hot-button even for diehard paleo-conservatives, and this was unedited and unfinished manuscript where Francis picks up on both the work of James Burnham and Carl Schmitt. Particularly on the shift from bourgeois power to managerial dominance of bourgeois power. If this sounds a bit Marxists for a man considered to be an ultra-conservative, it is because it is. As an unedited and incomplete manuscri ...more
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Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essential
One of the most significant problems with the American Right is its general lack of a relevant and compelling analysis of modern class structure. Americans with Right-wing instincts are all too often reluctant to deeply examine structures of organized power and unable to craft a coherent narrative about class dynamics. The energies of Rightist groups in America are typically diverted into various false consciousnesses such as anti-communism, Evangelical Christianity, movement "conservatism," and ...more
Matthias
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a good epistemic practice to continually find the people you disagree with the most, seek out their most persuasive cases, and read them with as much intellectual seriousness as you can muster. Francis' "Leviathan and its Enemies" earns five stars on the strength of two things: this, and that nearly every page has something interesting to say. The rest of this review will attempt to succinctly lay out (1) what he's saying and (2) where I think his analytic errors lie (or at least where he's ...more
Nadiah
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was published posthumously from a manuscript found in the author's collections, and it seems as a consequence that those who published it decided not to edit it; it is poorly structured and very repetitive, it is not an enjoyable read. Nevertheless, if anyone has an interest in understanding how the recent rise of xenophobic nationalism could be theorised from a paleoconservative American perspective, then this book could be recommended.

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John Smith
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this will turn out to be grand political theory, albeit in draft form. Why still believe in the liberals' story out the Social C, after a century of bureaucracy? We are not so gullible.
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