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Nietzsche's revenge: totalitarianism and civil society

Frederick Powell

in The politics of civil society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347640
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303947 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347640.003.0005
Nietzsche's revenge: totalitarianism and civil society

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This chapter explores the fragility of the values on which the humanistic basis of welfare rests. It discusses how civil society had been penetrated and co-opted by the Nazis. It explains that civil society's resulting Nazification meant that it ceased to be an effective voice. It explains that Nazification had encompassed all aspects of civil society such as charities, churches, cultural life, and so on.

Keywords: Nietzsche; totalitarianism; civil society; Nazis; Nazification; churches; cultural life

Chapter.  8816 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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