To Fight Against This Age by Rob Riemen
On Fascism and Humanism

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An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology.
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“This is a book for people who want the West to regain its moral high ground, and who want to think hard about how to help achieve that.” —Anne Applebaum


An international bestseller, To Fight Against This Age consists of two beautifully written, cogent, and urgent essays about the rise of fascism and the ways in which we can combat it.


In “The Eternal Return of Fascism,” Rob Riemen explores the theoretical weakness of fascism, which depends on a politics of resentment, the incitement of anger and fear, xenophobia, the need for scapegoats, and its hatred of the life of the mind. He draws on history and philosophy as well as the essays and novels of Thomas Mann and Albert Camus to explain the global resurgence of fascism, often disguised by its false promises of ushering in freedom and greatness.


Riemen’s own response to what he sees as the spiritual crisis of our age is articulated in “The Return of Europa,” a moving story about the meaning of European humanism with its universal values of truth, beauty, justice, and love for life—values that are the origin and basis of a democratic civilization.


To Fight Against This Age is as timely as it is timeless, to be read by those who want to understand and change the world in which they live.

 

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Published January 23, 2018 by W. W. Norton & Company. 168 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Oct 02 2017

An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology.

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Above average
Reviewed by Damon Linker on Feb 01 2018

Riemen’s book is admirable in many ways, but it is an unusually hermetic example of the thinking that led so many Europeans to believe in the first place that it was possible, necessary and desirable to produce a civilization in which citizens are expected to look down on the love that has always defined citizenship — the love of one’s own.

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