The New Man-Molders
The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies
by Ryszard Legutko
reviewed by Arthur W. Hunt III
The dust was still settling in Europe in the aftermath of World War II when C. S. Lewis wrote, "The man-moulders of the new age will be armed with the powers of an omnicompetent state and an irresistible scientific technique." In The Abolition of Man he warned of the new "Conditioners," who would "cut out all posterity in what shape they pleased." In 1947 Lewis did not identify whether the levers of this controlling materialism would come from the Soviet East or the Free West; instead he seemed to be looking toward a rising shadow on the wall of modernity, one that had dismissed any notions of the Tao, that is, of traditional morality.
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Arthur W. Hunt III is a former professor of public speaking at the University of Tennesse at Martin. He is now preparing to transition to ministry-related service and lives in the greater Memphis area.
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