Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0167-2444
  • E-ISSN: 2949-8651



In 1937 the Dutch publicist Menno ter Braak wrote a landmark article about national socialism (recently translated in English: “National Socialism as a Doctrine of Rancour1”). The recent republication of his article in the Netherlands stimulated a debate about the democratic credentials of Ter Braak. Contrary to what most commentators claim, Sjaak Koenis argues that even though Ter Braak was under the influence of conservative thinkers and skeptical about what he called ‘parliamentarism’, he did believe in the value of democracy. Moreover, his ideas about how democracy and resentment are intertwined, are today even more relevant to our debate about democracy than they were in the 1930s.


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