Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Revolution or genocide: A peasant polemic against political liberalism
by Oliveira, Gustavo De Lima Torres, M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009, 247; 1469041
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis I argue that since the liberal principle of legitimacy requires the categorical exclusion of people considered "unreasonable," liberalism is necessarily political "in the wrong way" in justifying state coercion of individuals who do not (and perhaps could not) consent to a liberal political order. I then argue that this leads political liberalism to overlook and perpetuate systemic injustices in a contradictory process whereby the continued pursuit of its egalitarian ideals leads to further inequality and an increased vulnerability to economic and ecological crises, affecting the peasantry disproportionately and unjustifiably. In particular, I argue that liberal institutions are undemocratic when considering the social bases of reproduction, such as food sovereignty. I conclude, therefore, promoting the peasant ways of life over liberal alternatives in a dispute over basic necessities such as food and water, and the hegemonic view of progress that will inform the character and direction of globalization in our dawning century.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mills, Claudia
Commitee: Hale, Benjamin, Jaggar, Alison
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Philosophy, Agriculture, Sustainability
Keywords: Democracy, Development, Food sovereignty, Liberalism, Peasantry, Sustainability
Publication Number: 1469041
ISBN: 9781109334968
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