Liberalism: A Counter-History (Italian: Controstoria del liberalismo) is a book by Italian philosopher Domenico Losurdo. In the book, he examines the inner. Domenico Losurdo, Liberalism: A Counter‐History (translated by Gregory Elliott ), London: Verso, ISBN‐ 1 4 (cloth). Liberalism: A Counter History is Domenico Losurdo’s trenchant analysis of the question what is Liberalism in its historical development and.

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The relationship between the liberalissm phases of the French Revolution provides us, it seems to me, with a pretty good indication of the relationship between liberalism and radicalism more broadly.

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Therefore, early liberals defined freedom as being able to have utter control over members outside the community of free men. In one of the greatest texts of liberal political philosophy, On LibertyJ.

Darwin did not invent the well established idea of evolution – he investigated scientific explanations liberaism evolution, whereas Spencer investigated ideological racism with a spurious scientific glaze. Refresh and try again. You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2.

Losurdo was untroubled by treading on toes but was sometimes tinged with contrarianism. Just as in the case of slavery colonial expansionism in the liberal period was closely intertwined with an ideology of racial supremacy. Hardcoverpages.

The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism. The key to all of this, Losurdo argues, is to grasp that liberalism is founded on an implicit logic of exclusion. Jan 31, John Victor rated it really liked it. By the late 19 th Century liberalism had split into two major factions.

Key Themes and Concepts: Phase Two Issue What were the historical conditions of their emergence?

The idea of self government by the dominant class and race persisted though; in the USA, while the abolition of slavery was imposed from above by a determined government, the principle was retained in the regime of terrorist white supremacy which soon followed. Lists with This Book. The liberaoism of multiple books, Losurdo focused on uncomfortable political leaders and themes that mainstream thought preferred to banish.


A number of sources identified racial degeneration through interbreeding with inferior peoples as the congenital source of the egalitarian disease, of whom Gobineau was important, introducing the novel and spurious concept of a superior Aryan race which embraced Germans but excluded the French and the Celtic peoples. Even such a murderous enterprise could secure the allegiance of a thinker like Martin Heidegger because its culture was not, in fact, all so innovative. A more serious critical analysis of the author’s use of citations in a false or misleading manner would be in order.

For this Counter History, as for his study of Democracy or Bonapartism forthcoming: This also worked in the creation of poor houses and anti-poor laws in England and the United States, as workers and slaves were meant to be engaged in labor in order to properly discipline them.

It would also have been interesting to have seen how Losurdo situates recent egalitarian liberal political philosophy of the Rawlsian and post-Rawlsian type in relation to his argument about exclusion. Read this and purge your liberal tendencies and ascend towards true radical thinking.

Liberalism: A Counter-History

Indeed it is only on this basis that liberalism can maintain its highly flattering view of itself. Reveals the ways liberalism’s supposed commitment to freedom has been qualified to justify keeping a large portion of the population in slavery or servitude – with very few speaking out against slavery, seeing it as simply people disposing countre-history of their property.

From the 19 th Century especially liberalism was increasingly transformed by the struggles of the excluded within the metropolis. And especially the EU was deserving on some honorary mention in the rolls. If you’ve studied this political tradition liberalismm more depth, Losurdo’s Counter History very much does what it says on the cover: An absolutely critical text for understanding the historical context of contemporary liberalism.


Shanking off these constraints, the planter and domenlco owner developed a liberal spirit and liberal mentality.

His writing had a direct bearing on his political aspirations, which included promoting a similar liberal democracy for France, and guiding the colonial exploitation of Algeria in particular, where the Arabs were to be assigned a status comparable to native Americans.

I think this is pretty critical – Losurdo reads liberalism against itself, but does not mean to imply that liberalism was just an empty, cynical gambit.

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The buck doesn’t stop there however. For some time counter-hlstory logic of the system implied that slavery might be extended to the home country, and applied to vagrants, criminals and paupers as well as to servants and certain employees who could be bought and sold as assets librralism an enterprise such as a coal mine This was eventually decided against in a case, concerning an Englishman who brought his personal slave to England.

I really be a dumb, busy bitch. I was really expecting this book to have a modern day section.

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You can also find full video of the interview on our Vimeo page. To ask other readers questions about Liberalismplease sign up. Nevertheless, while I am sympathetic to much of what Losurdo argues I am also unconvinced by much of the book.

Liberalism ultimately was the product of a social and political revolution which did not counter-historj any emancipation, but rather the reverse, for those social and ethnic groups outside of the new elite.