Down with “Liberismo”? - Giacomo Costa - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Rivista internazionale di Scienze Sociali

Down with “Liberismo”?

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Journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
Issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2022 - 3
Title Down with “Liberismo”?
Author
Publisher Vita e Pensiero
Format Article | Pdf
Online da 11-2022
Doi 10.26350/000518_000102
Issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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This paper is a discussion of a new book by Andrea Boitani entitled Le illusioni del liberismo. “Liberismo”, in the present day, is more or less synonymous with the American “neo-liberalism”. The author of the book argues that it is concerned with a hateful “market ideology” that has spread like a virus. But it turns out that his aim is more ambitious: to identify, in economic theory itself, the roots of “liberismo”. If he were right, economics itself would be included in what he calls the neo-liberal “project”. In this paper, it is argued that Boitani’s contention is based on several misunderstandings, conceptual errors (that selfishness derives from rationality) and factual errors (that economists recommend selfishness, and recommend it as enjoined by rational behaviour).

keywords

Liberalism, Neo-liberalism, Economic liberalism, Ideologies.

Author biography

Giacomo Costa, formerly of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Pisa. Email: giacomocosta4@gmail.com.

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