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Force of GodPolitical Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy$
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Carl Raschke

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173841.001.0001

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Force of God

Force of God

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Force of God

Carl A. Raschke

Columbia University Press

The crisis of liberal democracy has less to do with violent assaults on its internal makeup from either domestic or foreign agents than with what has been identified, although in entirely different contexts and sets of circumstances, by earlier political theorists as a “legitimation crisis.” At the same time, such a legitimation crisis arises not from the failure of liberal institutions to “represent” the generic will or interests of their constituents but out of the impossibility of any conceivable politeia emerging from the complete evanescence of the general equivalent for a global political economy.

Keywords:   Mignolo, Agamben, Benjamin, Critchley, Legitimation, political

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