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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Jen marked it as to-read Jun 07, Karl Ouch rated it liked it Oct 27, Ryan marked it as to-read Jan 21, Few of his books are overtly political — even though they deal directly with political phenomena — and several of his books, including “Propaganda: Government is the solution to every social need. Carl-johan marked it as to-read Aug 28, No trivia or quizzes yet.

This goes far beyond the traditional philosophy of limited government, in which the state is given only certain specified tasks, such as operating a police force and regulating traffic. These readings and experiences have influenced his later philosophy and writing. They wanted richer, fuller lives.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. John rated it really liked it Mar 12, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The job of the state is to promote jacqies and restrain evil. His subsequent books, especially The Political Illusion and Propagandafurther develop and refine elements of this central theme.


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Please provide an email address. Sincehe has been editor of Foi et Vie Faith and Life. Born in Bordeaux, France, Ellul received a doctorate in the history of law and social science in from the University of Bordeaux. Refresh and try again.

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Tommy rated it liked it Jul 02, Be the first to discover new talent! The Technological Society poliitical Ellul as a social critic.

Brooks Robinson rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Although the book is set in the French political and economic tradition and the cases cited are often relevant to contemporary French issues and personalities, its purview is meant to have universal application.

Leonardo marked it as to-read Nov 24, The hope that it can do more than that—that it can make people happy or fulfilled—is doomed to failure and disappointment. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Commenters are welcome to argue all points of view, but jaques are asked to do it civilly and respectfully. Steve Wilkos rated it really liked it Feb 17, Vern marked it as to-read May 27, Luke Bartolomeo added it Oct 10, The kingdoms ellul this world rise and fall, but the Kingdom of God will rule in human hearts for eternity.


Ronspross marked it as to-read Oct 08, Sarath Krishnan marked it as to-read Jul 14, Kazoobooks added it Oct 13, One of his writing projects is an autobiography to be published after his death. Christian Faith in the World of Democratic control of the legislative process is mocked, and even if such exists, the legislature itself is helpless before the administrative state–a bureaucratic skein that replaces real responsibility with technical zealotry.

They wanted the government to help make their lives rich and full.

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Marriage, Family, and Society. Jeanne Goloub marked jaccques as to-read Mar 12, Bt rated it did not like it Jan 29, Want to Read saving…. Books by Jacques Ellul. Panos Kirios rated it really liked it Oct 01, Although influenced strongly by his early reading of the Bible Marx, Ellul has been unable to synthesize Marxist doctrine with Christianity.

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But like all idols, the state inevitably disappoints those who worship at its shrine.