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Democracy Against the State : Marx and the Machiavellian Movement, Paperback / softback Book

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
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  • Category: Political structures: democracy
  • ISBN: 9780745650104

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