The Opium of the Intellectuals

Raymond Aron, The Opium of the Intellectuals, introduction Harvey C. Mansfield, New York, N.Y.: Norton, 1962.

Aron’s classic work explains the attraction of intellectuals (particularly French and European) to the totalitarian movements of the 20th century, whether leftist or fascist.  One of the most lucid political analyses of the 20th century, Aron uses his wide knowledge of philosophy and his political judgment to explain how the fascination with totalitarianism can grow in the souls of intellectuals.

This edition contains an introduction by Harvey C. Mansfield.