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A Call for Teaching Civics


Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller endured both Nazism and communism, emerging into a stalwart 20th century thinker. . Despite the decrease in mainstream totalitarian movements, she worries about the persistence of populism and discrimination in Europe. The only defense against bigotry, Heller insists, is to teach people the deeper meaning of civics and ensure populations refuse to take freedom for granted.