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Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Erik von Kuehnelt-LeddihnAKA Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Born: 31-Jul-1909
Birthplace: Tirol, Austria
Died: 26-May-1999
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Tirol, Austria

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Historian, Economist

Nationality: Austria
Executive summary: Conservative ideologue

The author of Leftism Revisited: From De Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot and other books, Dr. Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn tirelessly excoriated the liberal politics of the American left. The Book News review of Leftism Revisited reveals his general thesis:

An erudite, if eccentric, feat of historical/philosophical legerdemain by virtue of which "leftism" more-or-less subsumes every belief and act to which the (explicitly) right-wing author objects, including liberalism (commonly understood), fascism, communism, socialism, egalitarianism, atheism, democracy ("democratism"), even homosexuality (it's subsidized by liberal democracy). His alternative is "rightism," i.e. religion (Christian, preferably Catholic), tradition, monarchy, elitism, and personal freedom.

Father: Erik-Johannes von Kuhnelt-Leddihn
Mother: Isabella von Kuhnelt-Leddihn (b. 1879, d. 1965)
Wife: Countess M. Christiane Goess (m. 1937)

    University: University of Vienna
    University: PhD Political Science, University of Budapest
    Professor: Georgetown University
    Professor: Saint Peter's College
    Professor: Fordham University
    Professor: Chestnut Hill College

    The Spectator
    National Review
    Acton Institute Board of Advisors


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