Voltaire's Bastards by John Ralston Saul
The Dictatorship of Reason in the West

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Argues that the rationalist political and social experiments of the Enlightenment have degenerated into societies dominated by technology and a crude code of managerial efficiency. These are societies enslaved by manufactured fashions and artificial heroes, divorced from natural human instinct.
 

About John Ralston Saul

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Saul holds a Ph.D. from King's College (London).
 
Published September 14, 1992 by Free Press. 450 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Known for his novels of international intrigue, Saul in his first work of nonfiction delivers a passionate jeremiad on the follies of our age. Reason, he argues, has run amok; instead of the enlighten

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The author targets the insane waste of our ``permanent war economy,'' the perils of nuclear power, the co-optation of democracy by vested interests, the news media's focus on false events and manufactured celebrities, the ``personality politics'' of presidential campaigns.

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