David T. Koyzis Reviews 'Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror'

April 27, 2018

DOES TYRANNY NEED A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM? 

Democracy and tyranny have a codependent relationship

 

Review: Waller R. Newell, Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

 

Victory was only two years old. Britain's public finances were in shambles due to the huge cost of fighting two devastating global conflicts within the brief span of thirty years. Despite having led his country during its most trying hour, Winston Churchill was now in opposition, repudiated by the very people he had so recently helped to save from Nazi tyranny. Instead they chose Labour Party leader Clement Attlee, a modest man "with much to be modest about," as Churchill drolly put it. Having vanquished the tyrannies of Hitler and Mussolini, the free world now faced the growing threat posed by another tyrant, Joseph Stalin, a former ally whose occupying troops now stood in the heart of Europe and showed no signs of leaving. Democracy's future looked precarious at best. Was it worth fighting for? 

 

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