The Totalitarian Temptation
is not just a refutation of communism: it points to the nation-state as the other major obstacle on the 'way to a better world order.
I am far from maintaining that as a community we Poles are free of blemish, or that as individuals we do not sin, but with all our sins and blemishes we have avoided the totalitarian temptation
in the twentieth century.
Now, it is true that conservatives have generally avoided the totalitarian temptation
to squeeze everything into a political mold.
In Revel's presentation, anti-Americanism is the totalitarian temptation
deprived of any positive or coherent alternative to the established liberal order.
The twentieth century could accurately be described as the century of the totalitarian temptation
Revel certainly suffers from shortsightedness when he proclaims his total disrespect for the past, as when he makes such flat statements as this: "one has the feeling that the totalitarian temptation
is inspired by the traditional hatred for commerce and industry" or "communism bears the hallmark of closed [nationalistic] societies in which industrialism and urbanization are viewed as destroyers of traditional moral values, and globalization as a danger" so that communism to him eventually becomes a relic of the Dark Ages.
He claims that movement conservatives also suffer from the totalitarian temptation
, so that we are "all" fascists now.
The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations
in Free Societies, by Ryszard Legutko.