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Dec 08, Tad Tietze rated it liked it Shelves: anti-politics , marxist-theory , philosophy , state-theory. Interesting attempt at a reconstruction of Marx's early critique of politics and the state, but from an avowedly "heterodox" angle, trying to locate Marx within a quasi-Machiavellian framework. Unfortunately, the book suffers from trying to shoehorn too much of Marx's own development into this frame, and so unresolved tensions between Abensour's project and Marx's become obvious as the book proceeds. In the end Abensour tries to find a positive politics while having to acknowledge the overriding Interesting attempt at a reconstruction of Marx's early critique of politics and the state, but from an avowedly "heterodox" angle, trying to locate Marx within a quasi-Machiavellian framework.
In the end Abensour tries to find a positive politics while having to acknowledge the overriding negativity of Marx's conception of politics.
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This is a dummy description. 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.
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. for Ab Marx thought the State's disappearance is the fulfillment of democracy ix democracy is . of the movement toward democracy xx it made demos against the grandees [i.e. rulers, Machiavelli's term] and for non- domination xxiii.
Reviews "From the Indignados to the Occupy movements to the Arab Spring, spontaneous, popular political initiatives attract broad sympathy only to see power reassert itself. Abensour has written as persuasive an account of the underlying logic of such movements as I know, and an invaluable critique of their widespread liberal and anarchist self- misunderstandings.
Features Miguel Abensour is an influential political philosopher in France, well-known for his highly original interpretations of Marx.