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Remedies for the Perils of Mass Society

  • Michael Haas
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Abstract

Having diagnosed why democracies flounder, the book ends with prescriptions for how to revitalize democratic principles. Whereas most observers focus on micro-remedies, the major macro-remedy is to overcome the philosophy of Social Darwinism and the emphasis on pragmatic goal attainment as the basis for thinking about government. Instead, there is a need to return to the goals of the Enlightenment, which is to advance a humanistic belief that the needs of society transcend those of the individual. The Enlightenment, which sought to go beyond fear and ignorance by solving problems with factual information and science, was the premise for the adoption of democracy. Democracy flounders and fails when the goals of the Enlightenment are abandoned, so the future depends on a restoration of Enlightenment thinking.

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