(Video) Dictatorship: A Forbidden History Seeds of Total Dictatorship

The 4th part of my video documentary on dictatorship is up on YouTube. This video series is to support my latest book The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship. In this part the roots of left-wing and conservative dictatorships is presented. Two figures are critical; Donoso Cortes, the Spanish architect of conservative dictatorship and Joseph Weydemeyer, who…

‘The Law Was Made for Man’ … Carl Schmitt’s Jurisprudence

Carl Schmitt was known for refusing to situate law within a pre-determined set of norms. Instead, he believed the community needed to react to new situations. A modification of a biblical maxim elucidates his thinking in this blog post.  “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” This aphorism from the book…

Never Write Off a German by Colm Gillis

by a curious paradox the name Schmitt is surrounded by mist, and it may be asked whether this fog is not often manufactured artificially…. It is fashionable to discredit the work of this author on the basis of a reputation that is based largely on rumors … [and] it is better … to recognize that Carl Schmitt is controversial and will always remain controversial, like all those who belong to the same intellectual family: Machiavelli, Hobbes, de Maistre, Donoso Cortes, and also Max Weber