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  • On Fascism and Humanism
  • By: Rob Riemen
  • Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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To Fight Against This Age

By: Rob Riemen
Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
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Summary

In "The Eternal Return of Fascism", Rob Riemen explores the theoretical weakness of fascism, which depends on a politics of resentment, the incitement of anger and fear, xenophobia, the need for scapegoats, and its hatred of the life of the mind. He draws on history and philosophy as well as the essays and novels of Thomas Mann and Albert Camus to explain the global resurgence of fascism, often disguised by its false promises of ushering in freedom and greatness.

Riemen's own response to what he sees as the spiritual crisis of our age is articulated in "The Return of Europa", a moving story about the meaning of European humanism with its universal values of truth, beauty, justice, and love for life - values that are the origin and basis of a democratic civilization.

To Fight Against This Age is as timely as it is timeless, to be heard by those who want to understand and change the world in which they live.

©2018 Rob Riemen; English translation of "The Eternal Return of Fascism" copyright 2018 by Rob Riemen; English translation of "The Return of Europa: Her Tears, Deeds, and Dreams" copyright 2018 by Rob Riemen; "The Eternal Return of Fascism" copyright 2010 by Rob Riemen; "The Return of Europa: Her Tears, Deeds, and Dreams" copyright 2015 by Rob Riemen; "Autumn Day," from Translations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by M. D. Herter Norton, copyright 1938 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.; renewed copyright 1966 by M. D. Herter Norton (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Caroline Pufalt
  • 01-07-18

Not expected but needed

I recommend being patient with this book.it seems to go off course at times, but comes together. Also it’s not the political answer we might be looking for, but a more fundamental one. We need to appreciate and teach philosophy and culture as way to become better citizens. I just don’t know how we get there in time.
Also, his “story “ is very euro-centrist of course. But that is his focus and responsibility as a European.
I would like to see some of these ideas explored through other cultures, but that is another book.

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  • MichaelS
  • 14-02-18

on the importance of "philosophy" for modernity

interesting reflection on the problem with group-think & instrumental-rationality. focusing largely on_the fact/value distinction. enjoy!

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  • Just Curious
  • 25-01-18

A Timely Message Read Poorly!

Rob Riemen has given the world an important timely message in this warning about the reprise of fascist (and neo-nazi) ideology and agitation in many historically democratic countries, including those in Europe, e.g. Holland, Austria, The UK, as well as the United States (with the "election" of Trump.) One reason for this, he believes, is pure ignorance...of history and cultural development...People don't Read anymore...at least they don't read classical literature or quality history. The PROBLEM with this audio-book is the narration...listen to the audible sample if you want to hear for yourself. I hope audible.com will re-record this, as it is difficult to listen to in its current form. If you can't deal with the current narration, consider buying the "hard-copy" book. Take Care!

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