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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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Jacques Rancière is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People, The Nights of Labor, Staging the People, and The Emancipated Spectator.Review:
“In our time of the disorientation of the left, Rancière’s writings offer on the few consistent conceptualizations of how are to continue to resist.”—Slavoj i ek
“One of the most compelling thinkers and writers in France since Michel Foucault and Gilles Delueze.”—Tom Conley
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