ISBN : 9780190843359
Political theorist Wendy Brown has argued recently that contemporary neoliberalism, with its relentless obsession on the economy, has all but undone the tenets of democracy. This book suggests one way of thinking out of the current moment, and it does so by looking to a perhaps unlikely figure: Niccolo Machiavelli. Ronald J. Schmidt, Jr. argues that if we imitate Machiavelli's interpretive method in reading The Prince and Discourses of Livy, we can find in them solutions to the neoliberal problems Brown warns about.
Chapter One: The Uncanny Friend
Chapter Two: We Can Breathe Together: Reading Conspiracy with Machiavelli
Chapter Three: Machiavelli's Moses
Chapter Four: Torture, Exile, and the Citizen
Chapter Five: Exhortations