Contesting Fascism, Defending Liberalism

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


Gobetti was an instinctive antifascist. His endorsement of popular struggles for liberty, especially those of the revolutionary workers’ movement, naturally set him against the authoritarian demagoguery and antisocialist violence paraded by Mussolini’s fascists. What we have examined in the previous chapter as Gobetti’s liberalism should be simultaneously understood as the guiding thread of his own struggle to contest fascism in the years from 1922 up to his death in 1926. For it was in his opposition to fascism’s initial formation that Gobetti’s revolutionary liberalism found its ultimate nemesis and its greatest political test.


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