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Liberalism and Globalisation. A reinterpretation of the thinking of Bruno Leoni
As many political categories lose importance and as their significance changes, the thinking of Bruno Leoni constitutes an important reference point for the refounding of liberalism. His theory of law as claim, or rather as an exchange of claims, and his attempt to found politics on the interrelations between individuals represent not only a concise criticism of the state’s centrality and politico-legal monopoly but, above all, a signal of a practical commitment for individual freedom to reappropriate its subjectivity without simply making do with the formal guarantees provided by ‘rules’ and procedural techniques. A look behind the great apparata and self-referential mechanisms of potestative bodies reveals their ideological relevance, but also their sham function with respect to the connections – dissymetric connections included – determined by individuals themselves in their practical actions. In an era in which the major political players would appear to be dissolving, Leoni’s political proposal provides a way of ‘rethinking’ politics and redefining spaces, areas and borders, but also of grasping the articulations and the multiple and polycentric relations entailed by the ongoing ‘displacement of politics’.