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As we are about to elect a new president, President Obama only has a few months left in office. What will his legacy be? Although it is too early to provide a definitive account, we can at least provide some preliminary thoughts.
On one hand, he has secured several lasting achievements in domestic politics. He had guided legislation to bail-out Wall…

An ideology is a set of beliefs and expressions that present, interpret, and evaluate the world in a way designed to organize, mobilize, and justify social and political action. The term was first attributed to Antonie Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836), who saw the need the need for a systematic account of ideas that could be the basis for a rational…

Both Tocqueville and Weber confronted the injection of mass suffrage into the liberal democratic polity with trepidation and caution but for different reasons: for Tocqueville, democracy produced a condition of social equality and Cartesian pragmatism that could lead to individualism, cultural mediocrity, and ultimately majority tyranny, while for Weber the domination of administrative bureaucracy and its use of instrumental rationality…

When we speak of democracy today, we really mean liberal democracy, a product of the Enlightenment and the philosophy of liberalism. The success of the modern sciences of seventeenth-century Europe accounted for a spirit of political optimism in the eighteenth century in the hope that unaided reason would discover and implement the right political order. Enlightenment thinkers believed that humans…

The debate about scientism (also referred to as positivism or scientific reductionism) is an argument over the validity of applying the methods of the natural sciences to the social sciences. The desire of the positivist to purge the social sciences of its subjective element reveals his or her assumptions that reality consists only of immanent existence and that knowledge only…

We now have two presidential candidates each appealing to their bases with head-fakes to an ever-diminishing center. Donald Trump has tapped into the political, economic, and cultural discontent of the white working class who are tired of the condescension and contempt of our elites, while Hillary Clinton had her own conversion to Bernie Sanders on the road to Philadelphia, not…

What explains Donald Trump’s appeal, especially among the white working class? The various theories that have been offered – being economically left behind in a globalized, knowledge-based economy; fear of the changing racial and ethnic demographics of this country; contempt for the political paralysis that characterizes Washington these days – all have some validity, but these trends have been in…

Gnosticism is an extreme religious sensibility from the early Christian era that has influenced twentieth century thinkers in their understanding of the modern world.  Having its origins in the second century A.D., Gnosticism has been adopted by conservative thinkers to diagnose and to criticize certain characteristics of the modernity.  Philosophers such as Eric Voegelin, Hans Jonas, and Thomas J. J.…

How it is that Donald Trump, who has proudly proclaimed he's a racist and sexist, is the Republican nominee for the presidency? His misogynist comments about Megyn Kelly, Hillary Clinton, and other women as well as his attacks on Muslims, Mexicans, and other minorities had little effect to secure the Republican nomination. What accounted for this?
Part of this probably can…

The transfer of editorship at any publication, but especially VoegelinView, is an opportunity to say what has too often gone unsaid. That is, to express our gratitude to the outgoing editor, Ron Srigly, for the magnificent job he has done in preserving and enhancing our online presence. We are of course conscious of the debt we owe to the founder…