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I would add that the Catholic Church, in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, was itself a totalitarian system. It is striking that Douthat exempts this example of our susceptibility to totalitarian regimes even as he laments it. A global religion is not a contrast to Fascism and Communism - it is an example of the same thing. In between these bouts of concentrated power may come brief summers of decentralization, but it is hard to argue that there has ever been an extended period in any society where more than a few individuals held all the cards. The US may have experienced a period of balanced power between the election of FDR up to the election of Ronald Reagan, when unions were strong, and our culture and tax structure helped to keep the beast on a leash. If so it has long since waned, and delusions about their own "individuality" among twenty-somethings surely help our burgeoning plutocracy more than harm it.

2 2017-02-14 08:43:11 - tony zito
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Machiavelli did not do so well in his day either, suffering prolonged torture before his most famous work, then hostility for it. In fact, a large percentage of the Renaissance Humanists suffered for it in their own time.

0 2015-07-30 01:03:50 - Mark Thomason
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The Renaissance was before my time - I'm only 73, And as an ordained minister in the Church of Secular Humanism, I can assure you that women are included in the category of human beings.

0 2015-04-06 05:09:52 - Nat Ehrlich

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