Distinctions Within Distinctions

Burnham, James
January 1975
National Review;1/17/1975, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p27
The article presents the author's observation on a totalist/authoritarian/democratic form of government. According to the him, both authoritarian and totalist governments are dictatorships, and in both the ruling cadre exercises a political monopoly. The social composition of the groups holding power in modern authoritarian regimes varies widely. Sometimes it is the military, or the trade unions, or sectors of big business and banking. The Greek philosophers are of the opinion that democracy's defects lead toward its replacement by despotism.


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