[Marxism] Rancière: ‘Post Democracy’, Populism, and Anti-Anti-Populism

andrew coates pabs47 at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 9 05:33:28 MDT 2018

Across the left Rancière is best known as a champion of the politics of the “principle of equality”, “the equality of anyone at all with anyone else”. This, the only universal in politics, is the perpetual up-setter of apple carts. Perhaps his most ambitious target is a vehicle that might be better called a juggernaut. This is “post-democracy”.

Pierre Rosanvallon has observed that he was one of the first to employ this term. “Post-democracy”(“post-démocratie”) has replaced the classical active ‘subject’ and agent of politics, effaced before the technical regulation of society – in the interests of those who hold economic power. (La contre-démocratie. 2006). As Rancière has stated, “Post-democracy is the government practice and conceptual legitimisation of a democracy after the demos, a democracy that has eliminated the appearance, miscount, and dispute of the people and is thereby reducible to the sole interplay of state mechanisms and combinations of social energies and interests.”


Rancière: ‘Post Democracy’, Populism, and Anti-Anti-Populism (Part One).<https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/ranciere-post-democracy-populism-and-anti-anti-populism-part-one/>
‘Rancière: ‘Post Democracy’, Populism, and Anti-Anti-Populism. Part One. Maint fleur épanche à regret, Son parfum doux comme un secret, Dans les solitudes profoundes.” Many a flower regretfully Exh…

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