Edition: 2012
Pages: 188
Series: IR/L
ISBN: 9788842098942

The Intransigent

Maurizio Viroli



The intransigent individual cannot abide by fanatics and intolerants. These individuals love dialogue because they know that dialogue strengthens convictions. They want to understand the weak, the uncertain, the fearful, and they want to walk with them, not before them, to achieve goals of emancipation and justice. Intransigent people are mild-mannered, always open to debate and to understanding other points of view, because they are aware of the variety and complexity of human experience. 

This is a country of fragile liberty. The free Republics of the late Middle Ages failed to guard against tyranny and foreign dominion; the liberal State born from the Risorgimento in 1861 was destroyed fifty years after Fascism; the democratic Republic born on 2 June 1946 degenerated in the Berlusconi era. Why did all this happen and continue to happen over time? Why on all of these occasions were there so few opponents determined to resist these tyrannies with all their strength, in whatever form they took, and why were too many willing to open their doors and let these tyrannies in? Sadly, a population used to compromising with its conscience and its God finds it is unable to be intransigent with men.

The author

Maurizio Viroli

Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Government at the University of Texas (Austin), Professor of Political Communication at the University of Italian Switzerland at Lugano and Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, all widely translated, including: Republicanism (1999); Niccolò’s Smile. History of Machiavelli (20002); For the Love of Country. Patriotism and nationalism in history(20012); Dialogue on the Republic (with Norberto Bobbio, 20036);Machiavelli’s God and Italy’s Moral Problem (2005); The Florence Years (with other authors, 2009); The Intransigent (20123);The Freedom of Slaves (201213).

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