Post-democracy: From the depoliticisation of citizens to the political automata of perpetual war

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Eduardo Mendieta, a professor in the philosophy department at Penn State University, argues that post-democracy has been misapplied to diagnose a failure of democracy, where democracy instead remains unfinished. Enrique Dussel sets out to articulate what he calls a 'politics of liberation' that is directed at what he calls 'a new transmodern civilization, which will be as a result transcapitalist and beyond liberalism and real socialism'. According to him, democracy is an unfinished system because it is predicated on the dialectical interaction between political individuation or democratic subjectification, and political collectivization. For Dussel, it is this incomplete status of democracy that implies that it is a 'perpetually unfinished system. Democracy, in other words, legitimizes political power because it brings into a dynamic tension democratic subjectification and universalisability. The author, Mendieta, claims that post-democracy does not properly diagnose what appears to be a failure of democracy but which in fact is democracy that requires more subjectification and universalisability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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