Hatred of Democracy
Jacques Ranciere was a student of Althusser before he famously turned against his mentor; now, he's regarded as one of the major thinkers of our age. In his new book, he examines how the West can no longer simply extol the virtues of democracy by contrasting it with the horrors of totalitarianism.
As certain governments are exporting democracy by brute force, and a reactionary strand in mainstream political opinion is willing to abandon civil liberties and destroy collective values of equality, Ranciere explains how democracy—government by all—attacks any form of power based on the superiority of an elite. Hence the fear, and consequently the hatred, of democracy amongst the new ruling class.
In a compelling and timely analysis, Hatred of Democracy rediscovers the ever-new and subversive power of the democratic idea.
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What was only recently denounced as the State principle of a closed totality is
now denounced as the social principle of limitlessness. This principle called
democracy has become the englobing principle of modernity viewed as an
The latter denounced the illusions of a 'personalization' entirely subjugated to
market imperatives, and it saw in the promises of consumerism the false equality
that masked 'absence of democracy and the non-existence of equality'.17 The
reaffirming the belonging of anyone and everyone to that incessantly privatized
public sphere. This is exactly where the much-commented-on duality of man and
citizen came into play. This duality has been denounced by critics from Burke to ...
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Rancière produces a theory of democracy that is both constraining and destabilizing. He scathingly counters critics of the unrestrained liberty of democratic politics, of political action without any claim to legitimacy. Rancière claims that those who seek to foundationalize politics in ethics or reason are in fact afraid of unpredictable democracy and if they seek to maintain an illusory authority, then perhaps they should be.
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