Visit ‘s Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn Page and shop for all Erik von Leftism: from de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse by Erik von Kuehnelt-. Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn was an Austrian Catholic nobleman and socio-political theorist. Describing himself as an “extreme conservative. 28 quotes from Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn: ‘Who is secure in all his basic needs? Who has work, spiritual care, medical care, housing, food, occasional.

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Describing himself as an “extreme conservative arch-liberal” or “liberal of the extreme right”, Kuehnelt-Leddihn often argued that majority rule in democracies is a threat to individual liberties, and declared himself a monarchist and an enemy of all forms of totalitarianism, although he also supported what he defined as non-democratic “republics,” such as Switzerland and the United States.

Described as “A Walking Book of Knowledge”, Kuehnelt-Leddihn had an encyclopedic knowledge of the humanities and was a polyglot, able to speak eight languages and read seventeen others. His early books The Menace of the Herd and Liberty or Equality were influential within the American eirk movement.

An associate of William F. At 16, he became the Vienna correspondent of The Spectator.

From then on, he wrote for the rest of his life. He studied civil and canon law at the University of Vienna at Then, he went to the University of Budapest, from which he received an M.

Moving back to Vienna, he took up studies in theology. In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Kuehnelt-Leddihn critiqued the design of every American kuehnelt-leddihm then in circulation except for the Washington quarter, which he allowed was “so far the most satisfactory coin” and judged the Mercury dime to be “the most deplorable.

After the Second World War, he resettled in Lans, where he lived until his death.


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He was an avid traveler: He also worked with the Acton Institute, which declared him after his death “a great kuehnelt-ledxihn and supporter. For much of his life, Kuehnelt was also a painter; he illustrated some of his own books. According to his friend William F. Kuehnelt-Leddihn was “the world’s most fascinating man. His socio-political writings dealt with the origins and the philosophical and cultural currents that formed Nazism. He endeavored to explain the intricacies of monarchist concepts and the systems of Europe, cultural movements such as Hussitism and Protestantism, and the disastrous effects of an American policy derived from antimonarchical feelings and ignorance of European culture and history.

Kuehnelt-Leddihn directed some of his most significant critiques towards Wilsonian foreign policy activism. Traces of Wilsonianism could kuwhnelt-leddihn detected in the foreign policies of Franklin Roosevelt; specifically, the assumption that democracy is the ideal political system in any context. Kuehnelt-Leddihn believed that Americans misunderstood much of Central European culture such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which Kuehnelt-Leddihn claimed as one of the contributing factors to the rise of Nazism.

He also highlighted characteristics of the German society and culture especially the influences of both Protestant and Catholic mentalities and attempted to explain the sociological undercurrents of Nazism.

Thus, he concludes that sound Catholicism, sound Protestantism, or even, probably, sound popular Sovereignty German-Austrian unification in all three would have prevented National Socialism although Kuehnelt-Leddihn rather dislikes the latter two.

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Contrary to the prevailing view that the Nazi Party was a radical right-wing movement with only superficial and minimal leftist elements, Kuehnelt-Leddihn asserted that Nazism National Socialism was a strongly leftist, democratic movement ultimately rooted in the French Revolution that unleashed forces of egalitarianism, conformity, materialism and centralization. He argued that Nazism, fascism, radical-liberalism, and communism were essentially democratic movements, based upon inciting the masses to revolution and intent upon destroying the old forms of society.


Furthermore, Kuehnelt-Leddihn claimed that all democracy is basically totalitarian and that all democracies eventually degenerate into dictatorships. However, he considered the United States to have been to a certain extent subject to a silent democratic revolution in the late s. In Liberty or Equalityhis magnum opus, Kuehnelt-Leddihn contrasted monarchy with democracy and presented his arguments for the superiority of monarchy: Monarchism is not based on party rule and “fits organically into the ecclesiastic and familistic pattern of Christian society.

As modern life becomes increasingly complicated across many different sociopolitical levels, Kuehnelt-Leddihn submits that the Scita the political, economic, technological, scientific, military, geographical, psychological knowledge of the masses and of their representatives and the Scienda the knowledge in these matters that is necessary to reach logical-rational-moral conclusions are separated by an incessantly and cruelly widening gap and that democratic governments are totally inadequate for such undertakings.

In FebruaryKuehnelt-Leddihn wrote an article arguing against seeking a peace deal to end the Vietnam War.

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Instead, he argued that the two options proposed, a reunification scheme and the creation of a coalition Vietnamese kuehnelt-leddihh, were unacceptable concessions to the North Vietnam. Kuehnelt-Leddihn urged the US to continue the war. Siddhesh Joshi Editor I am a simple man trying to live a simple life!!!!!! An Historical Novel of the Present Day. Night Over the East.

Socio-political works The Menace of the Herd. The Bruce Publishing Co. Campell” to protect relatives in wartime Austria. Christendom Press, ; Franciscan Herald Press, New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House Publishers, The Intelligent American’s Guide to Europe. Collaborations edik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn.

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