ERIK VON KUEHNELT-LEDDIHN PDF

He endeavored to explain the intricacies of monarchist concepts and the systems of Europe, cultural movements such as Hussitism and Protestantism , and the disastrous effects of an American policy derived from antimonarchical feelings and ignorance of European culture and history. Kuehnelt-Leddihn directed some of his most significant critiques towards Wilsonian foreign policy activism. Traces of Wilsonianism could be detected in the foreign policies of Franklin Roosevelt ; specifically, the assumption that democracy is the ideal political system in any context. Kuehnelt-Leddihn believed that Americans misunderstood much of Central European culture such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire , [9] which Kuehnelt-Leddihn claimed as one of the contributing factors to the rise of Nazism. He also highlighted characteristics of the German society and culture especially the influences of both Protestant and Catholic mentalities and attempted to explain the sociological undercurrents of Nazism.

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From then on, he wrote for the rest of his life. He studied civil and canon law at the University of Vienna at Then, he went to the University of Budapest , from which he received an M.

Moving back to Vienna, he took up studies in theology. In a letter to the editor of The New York Times , Kuehnelt-Leddihn critiqued the design of every American coin then in circulation except for the Washington quarter , which he allowed was "so far the most satisfactory coin" and judged the Mercury dime to be "the most deplorable.

After the Second World War , he resettled in Lans , where he lived until his death. He also worked with the Acton Institute , which declared him after his death "a great friend and supporter. According to his friend William F. Buckley , Dr. He endeavored to explain the intricacies of monarchist concepts and the systems of Europe, cultural movements such as Hussitism and Protestantism , and the disastrous effects of an American policy derived from antimonarchical feelings and ignorance of European culture and history.

Kuehnelt-Leddihn directed some of his most significant critiques towards Wilsonian foreign policy activism. Traces of Wilsonianism could be detected in the foreign policies of Franklin Roosevelt ; specifically, the assumption that democracy is the ideal political system in any context. Kuehnelt-Leddihn believed that Americans misunderstood much of Central European culture such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire , [9] which Kuehnelt-Leddihn claimed as one of the contributing factors to the rise of Nazism.

He also highlighted characteristics of the German society and culture especially the influences of both Protestant and Catholic mentalities and attempted to explain the sociological undercurrents of Nazism.

Thus, he concludes that sound Catholicism, sound Protestantism, or even, probably, sound popular sovereignty German-Austrian unification in all three would have prevented National Socialism although Kuehnelt-Leddihn rather dislikes the latter two.

Contrary to the prevailing view that the Nazi Party was a radical right-wing movement with only superficial and minimal leftist elements, Kuehnelt-Leddihn asserted that Nazism National Socialism was a strongly leftist , democratic movement ultimately rooted in the French Revolution that unleashed forces of egalitarianism , conformity , materialism and centralization.

Furthermore, Kuehnelt-Leddihn claimed that all democracy is basically totalitarian and that all democracies eventually degenerate into dictatorships.

However, he considered the United States to have been to a certain extent subject to a silent democratic revolution in the late s.

In Liberty or Equality, his masterpiece, Kuehnelt-Leddihn contrasted monarchy with democracy and presented his arguments for the superiority of monarchy: diversity is upheld better in monarchical countries than in democracies. Monarchism is not based on party rule and "fits organically into the ecclesiastic and familistic pattern of Christian society. In February , Kuehnelt-Leddihn wrote an article arguing against seeking a peace deal to end the Vietnam War.

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