Journal title TEORIA POLITICA
Author/s Ermanno Vitale
Publishing Year 2004 Issue 2004/3 Language Italian
Pages 14 P. File size 465 KB
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Among the good definitions of democracy Bobbio used to say that he preferred the one which says that democracy is «public power in public ». Systematic lying which has characterized the so called war on terrorism and «rogue states », fought by the world superpower and its allies in the name of freedom (of the market) and democracy poses many questions to moral and political philosophy. This essay takes into consideration three of them: a) from a normative pointy of view, are there reasons good enough to justify lying by democracies? b) from a historicalpoint of view, systematic lying by democracies may be a consequence of the deadly embrace of global capitalism? c) in any case, can democracy be distinguished from other regimes by applying the criterion of transparency in the exercise of power?
Ermanno Vitale, L'abbraccio mortale della menzogna. Una riflessione su democrazia, mercato e terrorismo a partire da Norberto Bobbio in "TEORIA POLITICA" 3/2004, pp , DOI: