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Why journalists reviving Carl Schmitt are playing a precarious game

The political thinker and jurist of the Third Reich has become the symbol for our current era. But there's a fine line between citation and indulgence.

By Joseph Owen  

Carl Schmitt seems to be experiencing a second life. The jurist of the Third Reich and famed twentieth century political theorist is now fodder for editorials in the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Financial Times, and the London Review of Books. Authoritarian conservatives, amoral leftists and self-flagellating liberals have acknowledged, appropriated and claimed affinity to Schmitt’s work. He is invoked…

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