The Anatomy of Ethnic Conflict (Thomas Jackson)

by Enda Miller (July 28th, 1970)
The Anatomy of Ethnic Conflict (Thomas Jackson)

The Anatomy of Ethnic Conflict Finally, a scientific look at “diversity.” reviewed by Thomas Jackson Tatu Vanhanen Ethnic Conflicts Explained by Ethnic Nepotism JAI Press, 1999, $82.50, 370 pp. Today, most of what passes for social science does not just ignore biology; it deliberately contradicts it. Among sociologists, it is virtually obligatory to assume that […]

Vilfredo Pareto and Political Irrationality (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Vilfredo Pareto and Political Irrationality (Tomislav Sunic)

Few political thinkers have stirred so much controversy as Franco-Italian sociologist and economist Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923). In the beginning of the twentieth century, Pareto exerted a considerable influence on European conservative thinkers, although his popularity rapidly declined after the Second World War. The Italian Fascists who used and abused Pareto’s intellectual legacy were probably the […]

Zinoviev’s “Homo Sovieticus”: Communism as Social Entropy (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Zinoviev’s “Homo Sovieticus”: Communism as Social Entropy  (Tomislav Sunic)

Students and observers of communism consistently encounter the same paradox: On the one hand they attempt to predict the future of communism, yet on the other they must regularly face up to a system that appears unusually static. At Academic gatherings and seminars, and in scholarly treatises, one often hears and reads that communist systems […]

The Right Stuff (Drugs and Democracy) (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
The Right Stuff (Drugs and Democracy) (Tomislav Sunic)

Morphine is said to be good for people subject to severe depressions, or even pessimism. Although the drug first surfaced in a laboratory at the end of the last century, its basis, opium, had been used earlier by many aristocratic and reactionary thinkers. A young and secretive German romantic, Novalis, enjoyed eating and smoking opium […]

Lessons of the East (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Lessons of the East (Tomislav Sunic)

Transitions has shed new light on the political landscape of post-communist Eastern Europe. But I hope you will devote more space to the role of national and collective memories in the region, such as national myths–including World War II body counts–and self-fulfilling fantasies of purportedly ever-affluent Western Europe. You should also bear in mind the […]

The Ghost of Islam in the Balkans (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
The Ghost of Islam in the Balkans (Tomislav Sunic)

In the historical memory of Central and Eastern European peoples, the words “Muslim” and “Islam” often evoke images of terror and violence. Derided by leftist and liberal intellectuals as “xenophobic,” these negative images are still associated with the Turks and their centuries-long military incursions into the heart of Europe. Even the verbal derivatives of the […]

Ten European Years (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Ten European Years (Tomislav Sunic)

Great expectations that Europe, ten years after the signature of the historic Maastricht treaty, will become a flawless union, are boundless illusions. It is not yet clear to the European political class whether the new European order will have the label of federal units or the hallmark of sovereign states. In view of the unavoidable […]

Quest For The Opulent West (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Quest For The Opulent West (Tomislav Sunic)

Catching up with the West is the big dream of all post-communist countries in Eastern Europe. This dream transpires through imported liberal slogans such as “transition,” “integration” and “market democracy” aired daily on all local TV and radio wavelengths. This rhetorical switch from former socialist command economy to capitalist market economy appears to East European […]

Marx, Moses and the Pagans in the Secular City (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Marx, Moses and the Pagans in the Secular City (Tomislav Sunic)

With the conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine to Christianity, the period of pagan Europe began to approach its end. During the next millennium the entire European continent came under the sway of the Gospel-sometimes by peaceful persuasion, frequently by forceful conversion. Those who were yesterday the persecuted of the ancient Rome became, in turn, […]

Letter From Belgium : The Coming Belgoslavia? (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Letter From Belgium : The Coming Belgoslavia?  (Tomislav Sunic)

What was meant to grow separately cannot last long as an artificial whole. This prehistoric wisdom seems to be forgotten by advocates of multiculturalism-which is just a misleading euphemism for polyethnism and multiracialism. The unpredictable side of multiracial conviviality seems to be deliberately overlooked by political elites in multiethnic and multiracial Belgium, a miniscule country […]