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The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea

John Laughland

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Prose: non-fiction, Sociology

* Subtitled 'The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea', a powerfully revisionist analysis of the European Union.

An ideology is sweeping Europe and the world which threatens democracy and the rule of law. The post-national ideology, which posits that nation-states are no longer capable of running their own affairs in a modern, interdependent economy, confuses the constitution of a state with the power of its government, and ignores the importance of the sense of community essential to any democratic debate. A rigorous synthesis of historical and philosophical arguments, THE TAINTED SOURCE is a powerful appeal in favour of the constitutional foundations of the liberal order. Post-national structures - multinational companies, 'region-states' and supranational organisations such as the European Union - are corrosive of liberal values, to such an extent that John Laughland makes it devastatingly clear that the post-national ideology formed a crucial core of Nazi economic and political thinking. Like the European ideology of today, it was predicted on dissolving the nation-state and the liberal order.

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Praise for The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea

  • Cannot be ignored by anyone who holds strong opinions on the future of Europe - Anne Applebaum, EVENING STANDARD

  • Original and challenging - Max Beloff, TLS

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