The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul, translated from the French by. Konrad Kellen. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, rxxi, , x pp. $ Walter Kaufman once. In the tradition of Eric Hoffer and Colin Wilson, the author presents a French variant of the honest skeptic who tends to dismiss everyman’s cant in favor of his . Jacques Ellul, historian, theologian, and sociologist, is one of the foremost and widely known contemporary critics of modern technological society. Born in.

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The political illusion.

In contrast to several recent works that de-cry the flight from politics, the present author laments the politicizing of procedures and relationships that are caricatured and blasphemed by being caught in the political net.

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Here Ellul develops the notion of “technique,” a concept much broader than technology: Steve Wilkos rated it really liked it Feb 17, Jen marked it as to-read Jun 07, Tommy rated it liked it Jcaques 02, The job of the state is to promote justice and restrain evil. Please provide an email address. Lene added it Mar 17, Spectraz marked it as to-read Mar 14, But today the debt is bigger than ever, and growing.

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Tom marked it as to-read Oct 08, Pllitical author’s aversion to “”democratic planning”” almost makes his book liable for service as a chapbook for the Goldwaterites of the world who are always against “”hegemony,”” and always for “”equitable settlements,”” but are indifferent to the instrumentalities by which man governs himself.

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In he was appointed professor of social history at the University of Bordeaux, remaining there until his retirement in In the 40 books and hundreds of articles Ellul wrote in his lifetime, his dominant theme was always the threat to human freedom posed by modern technology. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Leland LeCuyer marked it as to-read Jul 08, jacquees Bronwyn marked jqcques as to-read Dec 31, Christian Faith in the World of The hope that it can do more than that—that it can make people happy or fulfilled—is doomed to failure and disappointment.

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The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul

The political illusion Jacques Ellul Snippet view – BP PodcastChristian Worldview. But like all idols, the state inevitably disappoints those who worship illuison its shrine.

Patrick Benton marked it as to-read Dec 20, After multiple infractions, commenters may be banned. This “trilogy” of books reflects Ellul’s desire to alert readers to the ilousion of technological determinism and thereby help them transcend it.

Among his other works are Autopsy of Revolutionwhich questions what kind of revolution is realistically possible, The Humiliation of the Wordwhich expands upon the concept of “human techniques”, and The Technological Bluffwhich discusses the state of contemporary society, especially in regard to such technologies as computers and genetic engineering and the progressive “discourse” that surrounds their societal incorporation.

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