Political theorist Michael Walzer, in conversation with Thomas Casadei of Eurozine partner journal ‘Il Mulino’, considers the noble aims and ignoble results of revolution – and in particular the 1917 Russian Revolution.
is an American philosopher and public intellectual. He is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, co-editor of Dissent and the author of numerous books on the theory of just war, nationalism and radicalism. His latest book is The Paradox of Liberation (Yale University Press, 2015).
A conversation with Michael Walzer
Overthrow a dictator in the Arab world today and you’re far more likely to spark civil war than a liberal democracy. So the West shouldn’t be militarily engaged at all, says Michael Walzer. For it cannot create democratic polities where there is no social or cultural basis for democracy.