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Totalitarizmo inversijos samprata Sheldono S. Wolino politinėje filosofijoje
The concept of inverted totalitarianism in political philosphy of Sheldon Wolin

Author(s): Vaidotas Valantiejus
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Political Philosophy, Politics and society, Methodology and research technology, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Vilnius University and Klaipeda University
Keywords: inverted totalitarianism; managed democracy; political; empire;

Summary/Abstract: The main task of this article is to analyze the relationship between totalitarianism and democracy in relation with the concept of inverted totalitarianism by Sheldon S. Wolin. The article argues that the possibilities of inverted totalitarianism are inherent within democracy itself. The tendencies of inverted totalitarianism are not only the trait of concrete political regime, but also intrinsic to global political and economic structure. The article asserts that the disciplinary tendencies in contemporary societies are radically changing the classical idea of „rule by the people“. The main conclusion is that we are witnessing not only the inversions of totalitarianism, but also the inversions of democracy. This new form of democracy can be called a total democracy without demos.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 72-84
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Lithuanian