The Jeopardy Thesis

Joseph V. Femia

in Against the Masses

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780198280637
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599231 | DOI:
 The Jeopardy Thesis

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According to the jeopardy thesis, democracy will endanger or even destroy values that we hold dear: cultural excellence, freedom, and economic prosperity. The proponents of the jeopardy thesis are many and various, ranging from proto‐fascists (Nietzsche, Maurras) and conservatives (T.S. Eliot, Ortega y Gasset) through to progressive liberals (J.S. Mill) and laissez‐faire liberals (Hayek). It is concluded that they were unduly alarmist and underestimated democracy's ability to adapt to other values.

Keywords: democracy; T.S. Eliot; freedom; Ortega y Gasset; Hayek; jeopardy thesis; Maurras; J.S. Mill; Nietzsche

Chapter.  23281 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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