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The Liberty of Servants: Berlusconi's Italy

Maurizio Viroli


Italy is a country of free political institutions, yet it has become a nation of servile courtesans, with Silvio Berlusconi as their prince. This is the controversial argument that this book puts forward. Drawing upon the classical republican conception of liberty, the book shows that a people can be unfree even though they are not oppressed. This condition of unfreedom arises as a consequence of being subject to the arbitrary or enormous power of men like Berlusconi, who presides over Italy with his control of government and the media, immense wealth, and infamous lack of self-restraint. Chal ... More

Keywords: Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, liberty, unfreedom, servility, powerful men, blind devotion, arrogance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151823
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151823.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurizio Viroli, author
Princeton University

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