Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Austrian noble and political theorist

Date of Birth: 31-Jul-1909

Place of Birth: Styria, Austria

Date of Death: 26-May-1999

Profession: politician, university teacher, journalist, literary critic, philosopher

Nationality: Austria

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

  • Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (German: ['ky?n?lt l?'di?n], born July 31, 1909 in Tobelbad, Styria, Austria-Hungary; died May 26, 1999, in Lans, Tyrol), was an Austrian political scientist and journalist.
  • He opposed the French Revolution as well as communism and Nazism.
  • Describing himself as a "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 early United States.Described as "A Walking Book of Knowledge", Kuehnelt-Leddihn had an encyclopedic knowledge of the humanities and was a polyglot, able to speak eight languages and read seventeen others.
  • His early books The Menace of the Herd and Liberty or Equality were influential within the American conservative movement.
  • An associate of William F.
  • Buckley Jr., his best-known writings appeared in National Review, where he was a columnist for 35 years.

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