Liberalism After Communism

Voorkant
Central European University Press, 1 jan. 1995 - 216 pagina's
In "Liberalism After Communism" distinguished Polish social scientist Jerzy Szacki discusses the spread of liberalism as the dominant political ideology of Eastern Europe since 1989 and analyses the widespread (but occasionally somewhat beleaguered) belief that the only way forward for the region is through a combination of liberal democracy and free market ideals. He defines liberalism in an East European context - in terms of its historical background, the lack of a liberal tradition in the region and its incompatibility with the communist state. He then goes on to raise the questions of individual autonomy, civil society, economic liberalism and the problems of democratic revolution in East European society, before looking at liberalism's future within the region. The Polish edition was awarded Menzione Speciale by the jury of the Premio Europeo Amalfi, 1994.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

11 A society without an economy
100
12 Limitations of the idea of civil society
104
13 Is this really protoliberalism?
109
14 The collectivism of Solidarity
111
15 Conclusion
117
Economic Liberalism A Neglected Path of Anticommunism
119
2 Direction of the reorientation
125
3 Various dimensions of the liberal reorientation
134

3 Who is a liberal in Eastern Europe?
24
4 A temperament or a philosophy of life?
26
5 The language of the rights of the individual
31
6 The problem of economic liberalism
36
7 A multitude of liberalisms
39
Historical Background
43
2 The myth of the golden freedom of old Poland
45
3 Economic backwardness and the absence of a liberal tradition
51
4 Noneconomic reasons for the weakness of liberalism
53
5 Liberal ideas in interwar Poland
62
6 Communism versus liberalism
64
Protoliberalism Autonomy of the Individual and Civil Society
73
2 A question about the liberalism of the democratic opposition
74
3 Antipolitical politics
77
4 Autonomy of the individual and individualism
82
5 Collective individualism
84
6 The private and the public
86
7 Towards a civil society
90
8 The problem of the theoretical tradition
93
9 What is civil society?
96
10 Civil society visavis the moral unity of citizens
98
4 Capitalism in a communist state
135
5 How can communism be liquidated?
136
6 A different civil society
140
7 Liberalism as a whip against the left
142
the perspective of the big leap
145
9 Capitalism as an ideological project
147
10 The sin of constructivism
150
11 The allure of authoritarianism
152
12 Pragmatism or etatism
157
13 The legacy of socialist etatism
161
14 The political crossroads of applied liberalism
165
15 Conclusion
169
Does Political Liberalism Exist in Poland?
171
2 Liberalism versus Christian values
177
3 The situational and doctrinal context
188
4 The line of division
194
5 Is dialogue possible?
200
6 The weakness of political liberalism
202
Epilogue
207
Index of Names
214
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