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Democracy in the Political Present by Isabell Lorey
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Democracy in the Political Present by Isabell Lorey
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Nov 15, 2022 | ISBN 9781839767333

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“Less a utopian manifesto than an experimentation with the means and time of politics, this work shows us in persuasive terms how enduring and persistent experimentation constitutes our present struggle.”
—Judith Butler, author of The Force of Nonviolence

Democracy in the Political Present is queer-feminist political theory of and for our time.”
—Fred Moten, author of The Undercommons

“This book is an assembly—a collection of voices from Germany and Spain, Italy, England, France and every country—a colourful and strong intersection of proposals in search for a (transnational and non-identitarian) democracy of the multitude and of difference, of truth and the joy of life.”
—Antonio Negri, co-author of Empire

“Weaving and unweaving the political philosophy of Rousseau, Derrida, Benjamin, Foucault and Negri, Isabell Lorey assembles a constellation of debates around keywords: democracy, time, sovereignty, commune. She does so in order to systematize the discontinuous struggles that inhabit these words, the possible futures that their meanings open up, and to place them at the disposal of a queer-feminist theory that locates the strike as one of its inspirational practices. Thus an ‘infinitive present’ opens up as a time of becoming, defined by the encounter of bodies, which expands the present through processes of indeterminate differentiation. By highlighting the non-democratic foundations of democracy one by one, the definition of a ‘Presentist Democracy’ emerges. This is woven out of care and debt: collective care and the debts of assuming relations of interdependence. This book is a tool for continuing to nourish the desire to change everything.”
—Verónica Gago

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