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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Building Socialism Losurdo long challenged that left which, in his view, abstractly criticized real attempts at building socialism counter-histogy feeling the need to dirty its hands with practical choices.

Similarly, Malthus published his Essay on the Principle of Population inlong before the Origin of Species, but it found a ready audience in the Liberal objectors to any form of poverty relief and not least in the administrator, Trevelyan, put in place by the British Government to oversee the librealism of the Irish peasant population from 4.

Paint the Town Red Issue Who among us, having realized what a rotten deal liberalism was, would not gladly strive for a bold integralist future?

Liberalism: A Counter-History by Domenico Losurdo

This curious blend of liberty and oppression was given philosophical expression by their own philosopher of Liberalism, Hugo Grotius http: Oct 21, C rated it really liked it.

While slaves were classed as chattels, they were uniquely treated as people when determining the population of each state for voting purposes, No surprise then that in the early decades, losurdoo majority of presidents were slave owners and from slave states. In the liberal approach human beings are, first and foremost, individuals. That is, the argument tends frequently to slide into highly polemical form in which there seems to be little room for historical objectivity.

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How do we make sense of this paradox at the heart of liberalism — the simultaneous invocation of liberty on the one hand and the justification and promulgation of severe forms of oppression on the other? Of course, only chaos could ensue when property was not sacred. Thus, in many liberal accounts, the historical rise of this political ideology is a story of unalloyed progress — the emergence, generalisation and consolidation of enlightenment and freedom.

A Counter History, by Domenico Losurdo is a fascinating look at the beginnings of Liberalism and its relation to slavery. This book is part of that process and despite my quibbles I recommend everyone to read it.


From where did these struggles draw their moral force and power? Because of that, it wasn’t that interesting to me, but somebody that isn’t a historian or is really interested in the subject will find this book a really good read. He blamed the Jews and set out a full account of the mechanics by which this conspiracy operated.

I really be a dumb, busy bitch. Facendo leva sugli scritti di alcuni fari del pensiero liberale – da Locke a Thomas Jefferson, da Alexis de Tocqueville a Benjamin Losrdo, Losurdo mette sotto processo un pensiero quotidianamente incensato con l’accusa gravissima di aver gettato le fondamenta e costruito parte dell’edificio su cui si fonda il razzismo novecento e il darwinismo sociale: Like the implementation of communism in the Soviet union, liberal state was build with the blood of workers and slaves.

You might be interested in checking out the edited transcript of our conversation, which was recently published in The Platypus Review. This fiery polemic provides unrelenting scrutiny of the contradictions within Classical Liberal thought. In Praise of Disobedience. Faced with the collapse of the Soviet Union and an onrush of liberal triumphalism, Losurdo mounted devastating critiques of those who painted this latter ideology as a harbinger of an all-embracing human progress.

Preview — Liberalism by Domenico Losurdo. For critics of liberalism, the librralism provides a useful compendium of counnter-history crimes of the liberal era and also of the more unpleasant things that liberal theorists have advocated and defended. May 18, Paul rated it it was amazing. There were at least two Liberalisms.

About Dr Ed Rooksby: Nevertheless the book seems to come to a rather abrupt halt somewhere in the early 20 th Century and the rationale for this domenic off point is never adequately explained. This book is important and well-researched with one important caveat that will be handled in a momentbut riddled with enough problems to seriously mar its standing as a definitive “counter-history” to liberalism’s self-serving golden fairy-tale. Jan 26, Aniruddh Mohan rated it it was amazing.

While political rights for the lower orders might now be tolerable, the extension of social and economic rights had to be resisted. And when I say exhaustive I really mean it, incredibly impressive amounts of research and just appalling quotations from the kinds of people Locke, Adam Smith, Bentham, all of the Founding Fathers who get name dropped on a constant cojnter-history are stacked against the inhumane shit they pulled.


For Burke and his successors, the issue was one of moderation and common sense – to seize power and control from the Ancien Regime, ending the feudal order of things, without making the foolish error of extending the franchise too far and empowering those who lack property and are thus liable to use government as a means of stealing from those with property. It is also liberalis, strange that liberal economics counter-hixtory hardly mentioned at all.

In practice all of these groups were excluded. I was really expecting this book to have a modern day section.

It takes some work, but for the quantity and breadth of information that Losurdo has put together here it’s worth it. Countsr-history charts those hallowed saints of the contemporary right: Losurdo characterizes the dominant narrative regarding liberalism as hagiographyrepresenting a gradual process of the expansion of liberty to all people.

Want to Read saving…. He did not simply explain their crimes and errors which he freely admitted as a response to the war climate in which they emerged. Scholarly, empirical and exacting in his approach, Losurdo has brilliantly traced the evolution of liberal thought and its enduring flexibility to react to the political-economy of the time.

Sep 19, Sami Eerola rated it it was amazing Shelves: Losudro indeed does an excellent job bringing to light just how ironic early Liberalism really was. Indeed it is only on this basis that liberalism can maintain its highly flattering view of itself. Losurdo rejects this sort of view — he argues that liberalism cannot possibly be defined in these terms because, historically, it rode roughshod over these principles in relation to the treatment of slaves, colonial peoples and the poor.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: It was with reference to miscegenation that racists accounted for the congenital defects of the Mediterranean people, notably the Spanish, and the condition of Latin America was seen to be beyond recall as a result of extensive intermarriage with and between blacks and native Americans.