Liberal Revolution Toward a New Elite

  • James Martin
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


In 1922, Gobetti began publishing his weekly review, La Rivoluzione Liberale. The review extended the demand for a renewal of Italian political culture that began with Energie Nove and hosted the views of many of the same friends and commentators who had appeared there. But it also reflected the significant development undergone in Gobetti’s outlook since 1920, and it sought out a larger audience than before. The experience of the factory council movement and the increasing degeneration of Italian political life form the dramatic backdrop of this publication. Rivoluzione Liberale was both a source of commentary on the decline of liberal Italy but also an intervention in its own right, one aimed at revitalizing the liberal conscience at the very moment authoritarian reaction was descending.


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