One should not think that the development of a nontotalitarian
state in a country, even a democratic one, shows that the danger of totalitarianism is over.
His way of inflecting the fundamental political term "community" (which becomes communitas in Esposito's philosophical vocabulary) suggests that the erasure of a supposedly primary and fixed identity from a (re)written text is consistent with the understanding of a nontotalitarian
way of living together.
Russian literature is "the nontotalitarian
consciousness's form of existence in Russia.
Arendt also clarifies why we struggle to accept this structure's fundamental purposelessness, arguing, "The reason why the totalitarian regimes can get so far toward realizing a fictitious, topsy-turvy world is that the outside nontotalitarian
is one, and possibly the most important, instrument of totalitarianism for dealing with the nontotalitarian
world" (Arendt 1962: 344).
The American dream might still be incomplete, but the new wisdom seemed to be that the dream was destined to be completed in the multiethnic, nontotalitarian
The extensive influence of a particular idea, Gramsci argued, operated not through the brute application of force in nontotalitarian
societies, but by consent--a tacit, unwritten agreement often passed off as conventional wisdom or common sense.
The debate, therefore, will be utopian, but pluralistic and nontotalitarian
So, Conant's objection to Rorty is not that the sort of social experiment he proposes is, as it were, too risky, but that the very idea of it as an "experiment" that might have democratically beneficial effects presupposes a very superficial conception of the difference between totalitarian and nontotalitarian
The American republic has no place, intellectually or politically, in the pre-Enlightenment European world, and while Francis Fukuyama's "end of history" thesis is partially correct -- communism, at least outside of the halls of academe, does not offer a viable ideological threat to democracy -- what model of nontotalitarian
governance will ultimately triumph globally is still very much in doubt.
In contrast, the nontotalitarian
species of the genus are not implacably hostile to democracy and combine a staunch antiimperialism with an eagerness to engage the world on the basis of mutual respect and benefit.
Nor does he explain why he thinks it possible that a nontotalitarian
government can succeed at something as totally encompassing as integrating individuals into society.