By David Harvey
Liberty and freedom are usually invoked to justify political motion. Presidents as varied as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have equipped their guidelines on a few model of those noble values. but in perform, idealist agendas frequently flip bitter as they confront particular situations at the floor. verified via incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, the pursuit of liberty and freedom can result in violence and repression, undermining our belief in common theories of liberalism, neoliberalism, and cosmopolitanism.
Combining his passions for politics and geography, David Harvey charts a sophisticated order extra applicable to an emancipatory kind of international governance. Political agendas are likely to fail, he argues, simply because they forget about the complexities of geography. Incorporating geographical wisdom into the formation of social and political coverage is consequently an important for actual democracy.
Harvey starts with an insightful critique of the political makes use of of freedom and liberty, in particular in the course of the George W. Bush management. Then, via an ontological research into geography's foundational innovations - area, position, and surroundings - he extensively reframes geographical wisdom as a foundation for social concept and political motion. As Harvey makes transparent, the cosmopolitanism that emerges is rooted in human event instead of illusory beliefs and brings us in the direction of reaching the liberation we seek.
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