Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn  

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Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (born July 31, 1909 in Tobelbad, Styria, Austria-Hungary; died May 26, 1999, in Lans, Tyrol) was an Austrian political scientist and journalist. Describing himself as an "conservative arch-liberal" or "extreme liberal", Kuehnelt-Leddihn often argued that majority rule in democracies is a threat to individual liberties, and declared himself a monarchist and an enemy of all forms of totalitarianism, although he also supported what he defined as "non-democratic republics," such as Switzerland and the United States.

He is the author of Leftism, From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse (1974).




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