Feb 21, 2007

In Critique of Pure Whatever The Hell You're Talking About [LINK]

Via John Kekes in City Journal, a sentence from Slavoj Zizek's introduction to Virtue and Terror, the totalitarian classic by Maximilien Robespierre, in a new edition published by Verso Press:

The claim that the people does exist is the basic axiom of "totalitarianism," and the mistake of "totalitarianism" is strictly homologous to the Kantian misuse ("paralogism") of political reason: "the People exists" through a determinate political agent which acts as if it directly embodies (not only re-presents) the People, its true Will (the totalitarian Party and its Leader), i.e. in the terms of transcendental critique, as a direct phenomenal embodiment of the noumenal People.

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