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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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The End of the Political

The End of the Political

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(p.139) 8 The End of the Political
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Force of God
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Carl A. Raschke

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231173841.003.0008

An understanding of the political as simply the symbolic interactivity that warrants a more purposeful and self-conscious strategy of “living together” is not in itself sufficient. Moreover, when these mechanisms of solidarity are themselves vitiated by economic forces, especially as “natural” tendencies are manipulated and corrupted by the intervention of the state—the political itself becomes increasingly problematic. At that point, political economy itself breaks down and what James Joyce termed the “terror of history” rears its monstrous head. Statecraft seems to substitute for the political, but in the vacuum of the latter an even darker specter is gestating. It is the specter of the militant, the specter of revolution.

Keywords:   Arendt, Lefort, Resentment, Economism, Economics, political

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