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David Drake

Conventional wisdom holds that the political evolution of an individual passes from youthful radicalism to the conservatism of later years. In this respect, as in many others, Sartre declined to follow the norm. As a young man, despite his detestation of the bourgeoisie, his anti-militaristic sentiments, his anti-authoritarianism and unconventional lifestyle, Sartre remained aloof from politics, while it was towards the end of his life that his most radical commitment occurred, triggered in large part by the events of May-June 1968. This paper will establish that although Sartre supported the 1968 student movement, he remained essentially outside it and it made little immediate impact on his thinking or practice; it was only several months later that the ‘events’ made themselves felt to Sartre, leading him to question the definition of himself as intellectual which he had defended hitherto.

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Support for a Populist Government in Poland

A Few Notes about Its Economic and Cultural Divides

Michał Gulczyński

, necessarily translate into support for authoritarianism. Although characteristics more prevalent among PiS voters—such as conservatism, group narcissism, group and authority loyalty, and understanding of liberty as absolute independence of an individual from

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A Thematic Issue about Central and Eastern European Societies

Zuzana Reptova Novakova and Laurent van der Maesen

support for authoritarian populism. It would be an easily tempting strategy to simply blame the development divide or the fact that the socioeconomic gap between the former East and West did not close as quickly as many had hoped. Nevertheless, as

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The Curious Case of Slovakia

Regime Preferences Thirty Years after the Velvet Revolution

Zuzana Reptova Novakova

freedom, self-realization, meritocracy, and a better life. Now, three decades after the rupture with its totalitarian past, the region is seeing vast societal support for authoritarian populism. As the region grew richer, more open, and further

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Mike Gane

Republic, and then considers the following topics: the division of labour (‘outlandish’; 35), method (‘a failure’; 79), suicide (‘limited’; 87), religion (‘ultimately a failure’; 131), education (‘authoritarian’; 146) and socialism (‘obtuse’; 149). It

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John Gillespie, Kyle Shuttleworth, Nik Farrell Fox, and Mike Neary

more collective solutions for a positive non-authoritarian ethics. Whilst Remley must be congratulated for tackling Sartre's anarchism head-on and daring to use the much maligned a-word as the defining descriptor of his political vision, his

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Sociocultural Change in Hungary

A Politico-Anthropological Approach

Ferenc Bódi and Ralitsa Savova

Postcommunist Periods in Hungary After the Change of Economic and Political Regime: The 1990s According to Dahrendorf's (1990) main argument, dictatorships cannot be easily eliminated from society, and desire for or obedience to authoritarianism

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Counter-Violence and Islamic Terrorism

Is Liberation without Freedom Possible?

Maria Russo

and extreme visions in a climate of terror which benefits both terrorists (who may gain ground despite their numerical inferiority) and any authoritarian turns among Western governments. Indeed, if there are those who, on the one hand, confuse the

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Disharmonious Continuity

Critiquing Presence with Sartre and Derrida

Gavin Rae

undermines political authority. First, différance challenges authoritarian claims to truth by showing that that which is understood to be universal and ahistoric is, in fact, historical, altering, and contestable. Second, différance subverts the

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The Social Consequences of Brexit for the UK and Europe

Euroscepticism, Populism, Nationalism, and Societal Division

Steve Corbett

voters value order and social authoritarianism over openness and permissiveness: “[t]he order–openness divide is emerging as a key political cleavage, overshadowing the Left–Right economic dimension.” The evidence suggests that Leave voters are also more