Democracy Against the State : Marx and the Machiavellian Movement Paperback / softback
In the "Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, the young Marx elliptically alludes to a "true democracy" whose advent would go hand in hand with the disappearance of the state.
Miguel Abensour s rigorous interpretation of this seminal text reveals an unknown Marx who undermines the identification of democracy with the state and defends a historically occluded form of politics.
True democracy does not entail the political and economic power of the state, but it does not dream of a post-political society either.
On the contrary, the battle of democracy is waged by a demos that invents a public sphere of permanent struggles, a politics that counters political bureaucracy and representation.
Democracy is "won" by a people forewarned that any dissolution of the political realm in its independence, any subordination to the state, is tantamount to annihilating the site for gaining and regaining a genuinely human existence.
In this explicitly heterodox reading of Marx, Miguel Abensour proposes a theory of "insurgent" democracy that makes political liberty synonymous with a living critique of domination.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 200 pages
- Publisher: Polity Press
- Publication Date: 21/12/2010
- Category: Political structures: democracy
- ISBN: 9780745650104
- Hardback from £42.85