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 Jowitt

The Individual, Charisma, and the Leninist Extinction: Conversation with Ken Jowitt, Robson Professor of Political Science, U.C. Berkeley; 12/7/99 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Ken Jowitt, who is a distinguished teacher at the University of California at Berkeley and the Robson Professor of Political Science. He is the author most recently of New World Disorder: The Leninist Extinction.

  1. Background ... influence of parents ... individuality ... Sherlock Holmes ... education
  2. Charisma ... definition ... Christ ... Martin Luther ... the Catholic church and the Communist party ... the individual and the organization
  3. Leninism ... compared to Nazism ... charisma of the party ... Solidarity and the individual ... Catholic and Communist analogy ... why Leninism failed ... corruption ... legacy
  4. Democracy and the Individual ... group identity ... violence in ethnic conflict ... relativizing ethnicity ... roots of moral courage ... inspirational figures ... individual responsibility ... the sacred ... transcendental beliefs ... inner resources of a mature person
  5. Doing Political Theory ... analogy ... imagination ... resonance with a living example ... classic sources of insight ... using analogies ... frontiers, barricades, and boundaries ... advice for students

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