Douglas Murray

Brainboxes & Brownnoses

From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship


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Is there any greater pleasure in life than watching clever people making fools of themselves? Perhaps the only thing to dampen the joy, as Paul Hollander reminds us, is that the enthusiasms of Western intellectuals are so often harmful. In his seminal Political Pilgrims (1981) Hollander explored the Western devotees of the revolutions in Russia, China and Cuba, who in the name of ‘progress’ exalted the worst societies on earth. In his new book he expands his reach to take in Italian and German fascism, as well as some later and more minor 20th-century dictatorships. 

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