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|100||1||▼a Shcharansky, Anatoly.|
|245||1 4||▼a The case for democracy: ▼b the power of freedom to overcome tyranny and terror / ▼c Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer.|
|250||▼a 1st ed.|
|260||▼a New York : ▼b PublicAffairs , ▼c c2004.|
|300||▼a xxvi, 303 p. ; ▼c 22 cm.|
|504||▼a Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|700||1||▼a Dermer, Ron.|
Natan Sharansky has lived an unusual life, spending nine years as a Soviet political prisoner and nine years as an Israeli politician. He brings the unique perspective of his experiences in order to make the case for democracy with his longtime friend and adviser Ron Dermer. In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, nondemocratic societies are put under a microscope to reveal the mechanics of tyranny that sustain them. In exposing the inner workings of a "fear society," the authors explain why democracy is not beyond any nation's reach, why it is essential for our security and why there is much that can be done to promote it around the world.
Freedom, the authors claim, is rooted in the right to dissent, to walk into the town square and declare one's views without fear of punishment or reprisal. The authors persuasively argue that societies that do not protect that right can never be reliable partners for peace and that the democracy that hates us is much safer than the dictatorship that loves us. The price for stability inside nondemocratic regimes, the authors explain, is terror outside of them. Indeed, the security of the free world depends on using all possible leverage-moral, political, and financial-to support democracy.
This book is about much more than theory. After explaining why the expansion of democracy is so critical to our future, the authors take us on a fascinating journey to see firsthand how an evil empire was destroyed and how the principles that led to that destruction were abandoned in the search for peace in the Middle East.
But the criticism contained in this book does not dampen its profound optimism. When there is every reason to doubt that freedom will prevail in the Middle East, this book declares unequivocally that the skeptics are wrong. The argument advanced here makes clear why lasting tyranny can be consigned to history's dustbin if the free world stays true to its ideals. The question is not whether we have the power to change the world but whether we have the will. Summoning that will demands that we move beyond Right and Left and start thinking about right and wrong.
1948년 지금의 우크라이나에서 태어났다. 수학을 전공했다. 소련의 반체제 물리학자 안드레이 사하로프 박사의 통역관으로 일하던 1973년 이스라엘로의 이주 비자를 신청했다가 '안보'상의 이유로 거부당한 뒤 1977년 반역과 미국을 위한 스파이 활동 혐의로 기소되어 13년 형을 선고받았다. 1986년 2월 레이건 대통령의 사면요청으로 동서독 국경에서 '스파이 상호교환 프로그램' 형식으로 풀려나 이스라엘로 이주한 뒤 정계에 투신해 바알리야 당 당수로서 거국내각에 참여, 현재는 이스라엘의 예루살렘 해외 유대인 담당 장관직을 맡고 있다. 대표적 강경 우파 정치인이다.