Liberalism is often presented as a loose set of principles like reason, freedom, and the rule of law. But over almost two centuries, the Economist has provided a window into the dominant strand of liberalism in action — with imperial conquest and undemocratic regimes defended in the name of upholding “free trade.”
Daniel Zamora is a postdoctoral sociologist at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Cambridge University. His book, Le Dernier Homme Et La Fin De La Révolution: Foucault après Mai 68 (The Last Man and the End of the Revolution: Foucault After May 68) coauthored with Mitchell Dean, will be published in English by Verso in 2020.
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