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To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism
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"We are sleepwalking into catastrophe; Riemen wants to wake us up and he does with passion, wisdom, and eloquence." —Simon Schama


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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"We are sleepwalking into catastrophe; Riemen wants to wake us up and he does with passion, wisdom, and eloquence." —Simon Schama

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...

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"We are sleepwalking into catastrophe; Riemen wants to wake us up and he does with passion, wisdom, and eloquence." —Simon Schama

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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        In a book composed of two timely and lengthy essays, “The Eternal Return of Fascism” and “The Return of Europa,” Riemen draws on works of great thinkers to issue a ringing humanist appeal for a return to Enlightenment values. He posits this restoration as the cure for resurgent fascism, defined as “the political cultivation of our worst irrational sentiments: resentment, hatred, xenophobia, lust for power, and fear!” Among others, he cites Marcel Camus, Thomas Mann, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Baruch Spinoza. Riemen’s enthusiasm for those whom Paul Valéry calls the “irreplaceable intellectuals” of the past is, at times, stronger than his analysis of contemporary political reality. For instance, his citation of Mann’s critique of younger people as “collectivist” but politically apathetic doesn’t square with the experience of Trump-era America. Riemen’s insights into how fascism manifests in different societies, though, are piercing. Notably, he echoes Mann in arguing that xenophobia will become more prevalent in America “in the name of freedom.” His erudite essays add an enriching element to the ongoing conversation of a contentious political moment.

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        October 15, 2017
        Essayist Riemen (Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal, 2008), founder of the Nexus Institute, an organization devoted to fostering philosophical inquiry and debate, mounts an impassioned argument for resistance to fascism, which he sees spreading globally. "We are just at the beginning of contemporary fascism," writes the author, comparing the current political atmosphere to those of Italy and Germany before World War II, when "demagogues and charlatans" rose to power, each seen as "the antipolitical politician" promising to make his country great again. Fascist techniques, he asserts, "are identical everywhere: the presence of a charismatic leader; the use of populism to mobilize the masses; the designation of the base group as victims (of crises, of elites, or of foreigners); and the direction of all resentment toward an 'enemy.' " The real enemy of Western culture, he maintains, is not an influx of foreign immigrants, nor Islamic fundamentalism, but "the ever-increasing trivialization and dumbing-down of our society." A society that values "technology, speed, money, fame," and superficial pleasure--which he calls "kitsch"--is a society in moral crisis. Mass democracy, writes the author, has degenerated into "stupidity, propaganda, claptrap, [and] vulgarity." It no longer carries out its mission to educate, "to elevate human beings, to enable them to think and to be free." Riemen draws on many writers who have offered similar critiques of the erosion of values, including the poet Paul Celan, who struggled to make poetry "true again" after the horror of the Holocaust; Primo Levi (an entire civilized people, he wrote, "followed a buffoon whose figure today inspires laughter"); Theodor Adorno, who urged spiritual independence; Winston Churchill, who championed "a kind of United States of Europe"; and Albert Camus, who exalted both the idea of beauty and "the common dignity of man." Thomas Mann, too, is repeatedly invoked to defend democracy and rail against "egotism, cruelty, cowardice, and stupidity." An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology.

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