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Domenico Losurdo (1941–2018)

Teoksen Liberalismin musta kirja tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Domenico Losurdo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Urbino.

Sisältää nimet: Domenico Losurd, Domenico Losurdo

Tekijän teokset

Liberalismin musta kirja (2006) 304 kappaletta
Hegel and the Freedom of Moderns (2004) 40 kappaletta
Der Marxismus Antonio Gramscis (1997) 10 kappaletta
Fuga da História? (2004) 8 kappaletta
Hegel y la catástrofe alemana (1987) 5 kappaletta
Koktendincilik Nedir? (2012) 2 kappaletta
Marxismo e comunismo (2018) 1 kappale

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Virallinen nimi
Losurdo, Domenico
Sannicandro di Bari, Italy
University of Urbino (PhD)
Professor of Philosophy



although i understand why i feel he sometimes tries to get into the logic of the people he's criticising too intensely? like so that he doesn't look at alternative analysis or moral stuff... idk i can't explain. it's a book about a lot of heavy stuff and have a lot of thoughts and i want to do justice both to the book and the people who suffered the tragedies talked about and be careful about how things are talked about in the book
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tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
Great book. Not always a coherent narrative but goes through a lot of key points relating to liberalism' s consistent racism and authoritarianism outside the self declared freemen. Shows how the most murderous episodes in colonialism were justified and applauded by key liberal figures. Has problems defining liberalism exactly, but as he says this is down to its incredible flexibility and the conflict between the space of freemen where liberal ideals hold and the space outside where freemen are justified in any action up to genocide. points out many liberal advances were only done under pressure from outside and resisted - highlights the key role of the Haitian revolution and the implacable opposition from many liberals. Like i say it's not always a perfectly coherent narrative but the stuff it covers is so important and presented well so it deserves 5 stars imo.

Will put you off citing 17th/18th/19th century liberals for life. 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 freely of their property. Shows how quite a few liberals at the time hated the French Revolution for going too far in empowering too many people, instead of following the example of England and restricting power to a privileged few.

Also notes how the defence of slavery required clearly "anti-liberal" policies - the maintenance of slavery was more important than, for example, white people's rights to distribute abolitionist pamphlets or even speak about it, and interesting also more important than slave owner's rights to give their slaves an education. This isn't meant as a "poor slaveowners!" thing, just showing that even the "liberty" defence of slavery was really just a fudge and maintenance of the economic order of slavery was the key priority above all else. It's a useful example to think about with other systems of domination that seemingly restrict the powerful's "freedom" but only in order to better dominate the oppressed.

I'll quote one astonishingly vile thing Losurdo mentions, I'm spoiler tagging it because it's one of the most racist things I've ever read Sieyès envisaged a similarly ‘gentle’ revolution, and likewise for the purposes of producing a class or race of labourers as docile as possible. Like Bentham, the French liberal indulged in a eugenicist utopia (or dystopia). He imagined a ‘cross’ (croisement) between monkeys and ‘blacks’ for creating domesticated beings adapted to servile work: ‘the new race of anthropomorphic monkeys’.
In this way, whites, who remained at the top of the social hierarchy as directors of production, could dispose of blacks as auxiliary instruments of production, or slaves proper, who would precisely be the anthropomorphic monkeys: However extraordinary, however immoral this idea might seem at first sight, I have reflected on it at length, and can find no other way in a great nation, especially in countries that are very hot or very cold, to reconcile the directors of works with the simple instruments of labour.

(halfway through) He seems to be suggesting a key difference between liberalism and radicalism, even when liberals seem to have some sort of radical view, is that radicalism completely legitimises the actions of the oppressed from below while liberalism can only ever see change coming from above.

I don't like that the translator regularly uses the term "redskins" even outside of quoted/paraphrased stuff - like it's a kind of offensive term and even if you're trying to show the horrifying white supremacist attitudes of the time it's not necessary outside of direct quotes... just seems a pretty big misstep imo, which is a shame.
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tombomp | 1 muu arvostelu | Oct 31, 2023 |
Domenico Losurdo sostiene diverse tesi.

La critica al "marxismo umanista" che, secondo Losurdo, avrebbe svuotato il marxismo della sua dimensione politica e lo avrebbe trasformato in una sorta di filosofia morale.

La critica al concetto di "totalitarismo", che Losurdo ritiene sia stato creato ad hoc per demonizzare i regimi socialisti del XX secolo e giustificare l'imperialismo occidentale.

Critica l'approccio di Hannah Arendt, sostenendo che la sua concezione di totalitarismo non tiene conto del ruolo del colonialismo e dell'imperialismo nella formazione di regimi autoritari. Losurdo sostiene che il marxismo occidentale ha trascurato la questione coloniale, concentrandosi invece sulle questioni interne ai paesi industrializzati. Inoltre, Losurdo critica l'idealizzazione dell'Occidente come luogo di libertà e democrazia, sostenendo che questo approccio ignora il ruolo del colonialismo e dell'imperialismo nella creazione delle disuguaglianze globali.

L'importanza di riscoprire le radici "non occidentali" del marxismo, come ad esempio il pensiero di Karl Kautsky e di Antonio Gramsci, che avrebbero avuto una visione più completa e universale del marxismo rispetto ai loro colleghi occidentali.
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