Utopie, ideologie, genocid: William Pfaff si Ronald Radosh despre “Diavolul in istorie”
Doua substantiale recenzii aparute recent lumineaza, in chip patrunzator si riguros, implicatiile analizelor si interpretarilor din cartea mea “The Devil in History”. Autorii sunt personalitati intelectuale cunoscute. William Pfaff a scris, intre alte volume, “The Bullet’s Song: Romantic Violence and Utopia” si “Barbarian Sentiments”. Ronald Radosh a scris, impreuna cu Milton Joyce, cartea fundamentala despre cazul sotilor Rosenberg si a editat, la Yale University Press, impreuna cu Mary R. Habeck si Grigory Sevastianov, indispensabilul volum “Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War”. “The Devil in History” va apare in traducere romaneasca la Humanitas, in toamna anului acesta.
Many books have been written about the similarities and differences between communism and fascism, both in theory and practice. None, however, matches the insight, analysis, and deep thought found in The Devil in History. Vladimir Tismaneanu has produced, in his words, “a political-philosophical interpretation of how maximalist utopian aspirations can lead to the nightmares of Soviet and Nazi camps. (…) Tismaneanu warns that there is no easy road to any kind of utopia in which a “delusional vision of mandatory happiness” exists. All we can do is remain steady amidst the threats to a liberal social order based on private property, the market, and individual freedom—from whatever source those threats emanate. The “devil in history” has changed since the era of communism and fascism; its forms and adherents are still with us.
“[A] fine and undoubtedly enduring study. This affinity of Leninism with Nazism is the argument of Tismaneanu’s book. It is a claim that since 1945, and particularly the Cold War, has generated much controversy. A distinguished book.”