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The Liberty of ServantsBerlusconi's Italy$
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Maurizio Viroli

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151823

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151823.001.0001

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The Path to Freedom

The Path to Freedom

(p.113) 5 The Path to Freedom
The Liberty of Servants

Maurizio Viroli

, Antony Shugaar
Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter assesses Italy's path to freedom. The Italians, at least the better individuals among that people, succeeded in being reborn from servitude to liberty when they developed a healthy scorn for the life of a courtier. However, although predictions are always chancy things in the field of politics, it appears unlikely that the enormous power that has been established in Italy can be replaced by a power that is other than that of the court. The only alternative to the liberty of servants is the liberty of citizens, and only a political leader who understands what this liberty consists of and loves it with his whole being will be able to construct in Italy the political and social ethos that is likely to prevent the rebirth of a court system.

Keywords:   Italy, servitude, liberty, court system, servants, citizens

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