Hatred of democracy

Hatred of democracy

Paperback Radical Thinkers

By (author) Jacques Ranciere

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 106 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 204mm x 14mm | 880g
  • Publication date: 13 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781681503
  • ISBN 13: 9781781681503
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 191,164

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In this vehement defence of democracy, Jacques Ranciere explodes the complacency of Western politicians who pride themselves as the defenders of political freedom. As America and its allies use their military might in the misguided attempt to export a desiccated version democracy, and reactionary strands in mainstream political opinion abandon civil liberties, Ranciere argues that true democracy - govemment by all - is held in profound contempt by the new ruling class. In a compelling and timely analysis, Hatred of Democracy rethinks the subversive power of the democratic ideal.

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Jacques Ranciere 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."

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"This tastily sardonic essay is partly a scholarly sprint through the history of political philosophy, and partly a very enjoyable stream of insults directed at rival penseurs." "--Guardian" "A piercing essay on the definitions and redefinitions of the term 'democracy.'" "--Times Higher Education Supplement" "In our time of the disorientation of the left, Ranciere's writings offer one the few consistent conceptualizations of how are to continue to resist." "--"Slavoj A iA ek