Leadership and the Humanities

The ruling classes and the experience of fear

Alberto Abruzzese *

Keywords: leadership, reputation, writing, humanism, fear, sacrality, power hungriness


The inner crisis in the governmental capabilities of today's leaderships reveals their reputational failings, despite social imaginaries being even more split between historical institutions and daily life. In order to interpret the increasing clash between financial capitalism's economic–political dynamics and democratic values (ethical, aesthetic and political), it does not suffice to have a cultural and professional training linked to the modes of writing, which is the medium that reflects humanity's and modern individuals' historic background. It requires stopping the progressivist thought of civilization as well as its practices and its regimes of sense.

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