- Title Pages
- Introduction: Identity Crisis
- Lust Horizons: Is the Women’s Movement Pro-Sex?
- Nature’s Revenge
- Toward a Feminist Sexual Revolution
- The Last Unmarried Person in America
- Peace in Our Time? The Greening of Betty Friedan
- Marriage on the Rocks
- Putting Women Back in the Abortion Debate
- Looking for Mr. Good Dad
- From Forced Pregnancy to Forced Surgery
- Sisters Under the Skin? Confronting Race and Sex
- Radical Feminism and Feminist Radicalism
- Feminism Without Freedom
- Rebel Girl: What De Beauvoir Left Us
- Escape from New York
- The People’s Picasso
- Sins of Confession
- Ministries of Fear
- Exile on Main Street: What the Pollard Case Means to Jews
- The End of Fatherhood: Family Plots
- Andy Warhol, ?-1987
- In Defense of Offense: Salman Rushdie’s Religious Problem
- Beyond Pluralism
- Now, Voyager
- The Drug War: From Vision to Vice
- The Drug War: Hell No, I Won’t Go
- Coming Down Again
- Epilogue: The Neo-Guilt Trip
- (p.235) Beyond Pluralism
- No More Nice Girls
- University of Minnesota Press
This chapter examines Jeffrey C. Goldfarb’s views on totalitarianism as spelled out in his book Beyond Glasnost: The Post-Totalitarian Mind. In Beyond Glasnost, Goldfarb explores the cultural and political ferment in Eastern Europe during the 1980s. He presents an argument about how to conceive of and move toward freedom; an argument that could hardly be more relevant to the debates among American radicals. Goldfarb believes that totalitarianism is a distinctive social order that transcends its rightist or putatively leftist content; it is, as he puts it, “best understood as the cultural form necessary for modern tyranny.” He insists on the cultural continuity between Stalinist and post-Stalinist regimes; official truth and Newspeak still reign. But in the absence of terror, the cultural status quo is enforced by means of a process Goldfarb calls “legitimation through disbelief.” The greatest strength of Beyond Glasnost is its vivid and convincing account of the interpenetration of culture and politics.
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