Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution: the End of Mourning

Benjamin Arditi

in Politics on the Edges of Liberalism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652778 | DOI:
Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution: the End of Mourning

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This chapter aims to vindicate the use of revolution for contemporary thought, even in pluralist settings, which presupposes that news about its demise have been greatly exaggerated. It argues that the activity of revolutionizing today means primarily but not exclusively to challenge the existing liberal-democratic consensus. More substantially, the chapter deconstructs the concept of revolution to claim that there is still space for radical politics from the standpoint of ‘the activity of revolutionizing’. One should read it as a critique of liberal complacency that has become pervasive after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the crisis of socialism. The chapter notes that there is something alive and productive in the concept outside its conventional meaning as an indicator of insurrection, overthrow and re-foundation of the order of things.

Keywords: revolution; contemporary thought; radical politics; insurrection; socialism; Berlin Wall

Chapter.  17704 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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