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Piero Gobetti was, without doubt, an astonishing figure—a precocious intellectual with a distinctive message and an ardent campaigner engaged with a variety of cultural and political currents. My focus in this book has been on his political thought but, in this, I can claim only to have skimmed the surface of his interests and the impact they have had on others. More than just a political thinker, in his short life, Gobetti was also a literary and cultural critic, a translator, historian, publisher, and, of course, an editor.
KeywordsLiberal Democracy Political Thought National Parliament Cultural Critic Intrinsic Flexibility
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- 1.For an insightful discussion of one recent example of “anti-politics” in Italy, see Paul Ginsborg, Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony, 2nd ed. (London: Verso, 2005).Google Scholar
- 2.See, for example, Paolo Flores d’Arcais’s enthusiastic essay, “Gobetti, liberale del futuro,” in the single volume reprint of Piero Gobetti, La Rivoluzione Liberale. Saggio sulla lotta politica in Italia (Turin: Einaudi, 1995), vii–xxxii.Google Scholar