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Hatred of Democracy

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Jacques Ranciere was a student of Althusser before he famously turned against his mentor; now, he’s regarded as one of the major thinkers of our age. In his new book, he examines how the West can no longer simply extol the virtues of democracy by contrasting it with the horrors of totalitarianism.

As certain governments are exporting democracy by brute force, and a reaction
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Hardcover, 106 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Verso (first published September 2005)
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محمد وفيق زين العابدين
كتاب مُهم مُثير للجدل، لاسيما لصدوره من غربي ذا أصول عربية، فالديمقراطية بالنسبة له ليست مُجرد شكلًا فاسدًا من أشكال الحُكم، إنها أزمة الحضارة العالمية وهي الطريق السهل لإفساد أي نظام ونشر أي فوضى بطريقة مُقننة بدعوى الحقوق الدستورية وحرية التعبير والانتخاب الحُر
يرى الكاتب أنهم - ويقصد المجتمع الغربي كما هو ظاهر السياق - لا يحيون في مجتمعات ديمقراطية بصورتها التي في أذهان الناس، بل هم يعيشون في مجتمعات أوليجاركية حيث السُّلطة في أيدي فئة قليلة في المجتمع تقتسمها وتتبادلها فيما بينها، وهي تفعل ذل
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Ahmed Inĝeniero
كتاب لذيذ، استمتعت معه بقراءة نقد للديموقراطية الغربية من رجل غربي، من أنفسهم ! .. وقد بدأ الكتاب بذكر أن من يعادون الديموقراطية هم ثلاثة أصناف: من يريدون أن تكون السلطة بحكم الوراثة، ومن يريدونها أن تكون بحكم الكفاءة، والقسم الثالث هم من يجعلون قانون الوحي الإلهي هو الأساس الشرعي الوحيد لتنظيم المجتمعات البشرية.

ثم ذكر أن الكراهية الجديدة للديموقراطية -التي هو أحد ممثليها- لا تتعلق بالضبط بنموذج واحد من تلك النماذج، بل تجمع عناصر مستعارة من أوجه انتقادات هؤلاء وأولئك.

لعل أبرز ما عَلق بذهني من ان
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Jonfaith
Jan 06, 2014 Jonfaith rated it liked it
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Therein lies the scandal: the scandal for well-to-do people unable to accept that their birth, their age, or their science has to bow before the law of chance; scandal too for those men of God who would have us all be democrats on the condition that we avow having had to kill a father or a shepherd for it, and hence that we are infinitely guilty, are in inexpiable to this father.

Hatred of Democracy is a black mass of devil's advocates, Jacques Rancière constructs arguments quite convincingly onl
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Ibrahim Saad

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في مكان الصوت الإلهي، كما يقول لنا بيني ليفي، وضع المحدثون الإنسان - الإله أو الشعب - الملك، إنسان حقوق الإنسان ذاك اللامتحدد، الذي جعله منظر الديمقراطية، كلود لوفور، شاغل مكان فارغ. وبدل " الصوت الإلهي - صوب - موسى"، فإن ما يحكمنا هو " إنسان - إله - ميت " . ولا يمكن لهذا أن يحكم إلا بأن يجعل من نفسه الضامن للمتع الصغيرة، التي تُغذي محنتنا العظمى، محنة اليتامى المحكوم عليهم بالتيه في إمبراطورية الخواء، التي تعني، بلا تمييز، مملكة الديموقراطية، أو الفرد، او الاستهلاك ..

لماذا تكتسب بعض الأفكار ا
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د. حمدان
"كراهية الديمقراطية" جاك رانسييه
منذ أن تحول الإنسان إلى المدنية.. أصبح يفكر في الطريقة المثلى للحكم. وبالنسبة لي كان كتاب الجمهورية لأفلاطون من أفضل ما قرأت في هذا المجال. ثم يأتي رانسييه ليوضح لي طبيعة الأنظمة الديمقراطية الحاكمة الآن وتبيان ماهيتها.

أوضح رانسييه في هذا الكتاب في نقاش لا تسهل قراءته مساويء الديمقراطية كما ينظر معارضوها وكما هي في ممارساتها الحالية فعلاً.. بل ذهب أبعد إلى ذلك في توضيح مدى زيف إدعاء أن الأنظمة الديمقراطية هي ديمقراطية فعلاً.

أجابني هذا الكتاب على معضلة لم أتمكن أبد
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Mohammad Mirzaali
به شکل خلاصه، رانسیر میگوید که دموکراسی، از محتوای دموکراتیکش تهی شده است. این شکل از حکومت به نوعی الیگارشی و حکومت نخبگان بدل شده و نظام نمایندگی، دموکراسی را نابود کرده است. لحن نویسنده گاهی نامفهوم و متشتت میشود. سهم مترجم نمیدانم چهقدر است ...more
Justin Evans
May 01, 2015 Justin Evans rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, essays
A fun little polemic, which is particularly interesting to read in the US, rather than in France. Ranciere attacks French critics of democracy. His book suggests that France will be a monarchy within a few years, as everyone everywhere is constantly complaining that the masses are irresponsible, narcissistic consumers who have no interest in anything other than the next commodity. How did this happen?

"Democracy has come to be attributed with engendering both the form of social homogeneity recen
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James F
Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it liked it
Hatred of Democracy is a critique a number of conservative political theorists in France, and an analysis of French and European politics (some of what he says would be applicable to the US as well).

It's actually somewhat shocking to me as an American that there is such a thing as conservative theories, since the American right is so intertwined with the tradition of anti-intellectualism and attacking intellectuals as "left wing" that "conservative intellectual" almost strikes me as an oxymoron.
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Mohammed Yusuf
وأنا أقرأ في هذا الكتاب تذكرت ما قاله الطيب صالح في موسم الهجرة للشمال .. (لو قلت لجدي أن الثورات تصنع بإسمه ، والحكومات تقوم وتقعد من أجله لضحك . الفكرة تبدو شاذة فعلا ..)
هذا الشعب البسيط لطالما كان هاجسا كبيرا لكل الحكومات سواءا شمولية إستبدادية , أوليجاركية أو ديموقراطية

كلها حاولت وتحاول بصورة أخرى التخلص من هذا البروليتاري الضعيف , الحاجز بينها وبين مطامعها
الديموقراطية التي بشر بها الكثيرين وتمشدقوا بها وعلت أصواتهم لم تخبئ في داخلها إلا الأوليجاركية وحاكمية الأقليات التي نفذت إلى السلطة ك
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Oliver Bateman
Apr 23, 2014 Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing
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Need a handy riposte to neoliberals and neocons who privilege expertise at the expense of the unwashed masses? Ranciere constructs a careful, subtle argument against such statists, arguing that democracy properly understood is the mass (and largely random) re-leveling of a particular society, and that such democratic movements are essential to the improvement of conditions here on earth. There are, of course, plenty of counters to Ranciere's own big point, most notably that he seems to feel it b ...more
HrCristobal
Sep 10, 2013 HrCristobal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A philosophical-political work in the best sense of the word - offering a critical analysis of the politics of anti-politics (for Ranciere somewhat synonymous with anti-democracy).
Ranciere focuses on the critique or hate of democracy, as old as democracy itself and as strong as ever.This work is a critique of intellectuals, critics, technocrats and other anti-populists that are eager to decrease the de-stabilising influence and power of the the demos. This fight is fought in the name of democra
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pplofgod
"Democracy is as bare in its relation to the power of wealth as it is to the power of kinship that today comes to assist and to rival it. It is not based on any nature of things nor guaranteed by any institutional form. It is not borne along by any historical necessity and does not bear any. It is only entrusted to the constancy of its specific acts. This can provoke fear, and so hatred, among those who are used to exercising the magisterium of thought. But among those who know how to share with ...more
Phoebe Saad
Oct 17, 2013 Phoebe Saad rated it it was amazing
One of the best books written about the criticism of democracy not only as ruling system but also as a political philosophy that governs its true intentions and mechanisms. It reviews the beginnings of democracy since the roman empire, the historic background of the foundation of "politics" and the "political individual" then gives its reasons for hating such so called system.
Ryan
Jun 10, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good overview/summation of the other Rancière books I've read, so much that it's probably one of the best places to start with reading him. A small part of what he discusses here seems particular to France, but he's so incisive that it's more than worth reading for anyone interested in unpacking the different things that masquerade or perform under the name of democracy.
Ryan
Nov 03, 2010 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rancière fills in the gaps left by Schmitt in considering democracy's direction, describes its problems with remarkable acuity, but fails on the last page to present a believable solution to the countless woes of such a broken concept. Regardless, as a read this is an absolute must! Highly recommended.
Asma
Jan 19, 2016 Asma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yazeed AlMogren
يبدو أن الكتاب يتناول موضوعًا مهمًا ولكن المترجم أحمد حسان بسوء ترجمته -هداه الله- لم يجعلنا نفهم ماهو مكتوب
Feras Alropa
Apr 24, 2014 Feras Alropa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أول مرة أقرء كتاب فلسفي أستفيد منه بهذا الشكل
قرأته كمناقشة مع شخص أخر
أستفدت منه كثيرا
هذا ما كان يجب علينا أن نعلمه قبل الخروج من المدارس والجامعات
Ahmed Elmaghrapy
Dec 18, 2013 Ahmed Elmaghrapy rated it liked it
نقد متماسك لكارهي الديمقراطية و دراويشها و لولا الابهام احيانا و الاختزال احيانا اخرى لاستحق اكثر من ثلاث نجمات.
Christophe Scheire
May 06, 2017 Christophe Scheire rated it liked it
Ik heb dit boek samen gelezen met een groep mensen onder leiding van een filosofie-docent. Hij heeft vijf halve dagen nodig gehad om ons te helpen om dit boek van 97 pagina's te doorworstelen. 't Is er dus één van: don't try this at home. Ik heb soms gedacht: waar ben ik eigenlijk mee bezig? Is dit intellectuele krachtpatserij en dus boksen boven mijn gewichtsklasse? Maar naar het einde toe kwam ik wel tot zeer interessante nieuwe inzichten.
Vier sterren voor inhoud, 2 voor de weinig behulpzame s
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Dante_ph
May 13, 2017 Dante_ph rated it really liked it
Ranchers at his best for much of the book, despite a weak and rambling start
Jacob Winter
Feb 24, 2017 Jacob Winter rated it liked it
Overall a very decent overview of the problems politically today. It glances over far too much however to provide any decent justification for the reasons why things are the way they are. A poorly versed reader would find the book far too extreme and lacking in explanatory detail.

A big textual problem is where he introduces the Jewish question. This portion seems especially confused, and is sloppily introduced, then later written off.

3/5 stars
Amaury A. Reyes-Torres
Lately I have been very lucky to pick up books that I like. :)

"Democracy is not a type of constitution, nor a form of society. The power of the people is not that of a people gathered together, of the majority, or of the working class. It is simply the power peculiar to those who have no more entitlements to govern than to submit (...) this title can be nothing but the absence of title, that the government of societies cannot but the rest in the last resort on its own contingency".

These are only
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Matthew
Jul 31, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
As with most French thinkers/ writers, there is a vagueness and a freedom in the writing which is both maddening and brilliant. The poetic register utilized here is usually successful in its communicating of the freedom I feel Ranciere is interested in explaining and discussing. This same register also falls down on occasion and fails to encode the meaning or the freedom but seems rather to merely confuse or dance around aimlessly. I would say there is no way around this problem. If an author is ...more
Bernardo Kaiser
Jul 18, 2016 Bernardo Kaiser rated it it was ok
First 60 pages has zero bytes of information.

Ranciére makes a lot of wrongful interpretations, in my opinion. He calls the exclusion of certain marginalized groups from political life or the standardization of public schools without respect for specific contexts a "privatization of public life". However it is just the contrary: the exclusion, marginalization and standardization are really example of how the Oligarchic state interferes within private life and relations.

He also calls economic theo
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Chelsea Szendi
May 03, 2010 Chelsea Szendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
Ranciere is correct to point out that a real democracy, full of antagonisms and as a "perpetual process of bringing into play," is a radical demand which is resisted by the "dominant intelligentsia" everywhere in the world. He points out that this supposedly secular realm of the political is also the realm in which a leap of faith is demanded of the people - the faith in the efficacy of representative politics, the faith that by an act of ventriloquism an elite can invoke the name of "we the peo ...more
Adriana Scarpin
Mar 17, 2016 Adriana Scarpin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filosofia, politica
A primeira parte dá uma explanação geral sobre o indiviadualismo democrático, aquele que deixa de permitir que o outro tenha os mesmos privilégios que você.
Na segunda parte Ranciére quebra tudo que estou vendo com Reich, demonstrando que a democracia é pautada pela ausência de sentido, o tal pastor perdido é o governante que fora eleito pelo povo sem motivo.
Na terceira parte há o questionamento de que a democracia só existe para estruturar os interesses da oligarquia que nos subjuga desde cedo a
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Lazaros Karavasilis
Sep 08, 2014 Lazaros Karavasilis rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
Not as impressive as i thought it would be. This is my first book written by Ranciere and i have gained some negative assumptions about his theory on democracy. First of all, one thing that should be made clear is that Ranciere is populist. He believes that there is only a corporate and political oligarchy that opresses "people" who the author aknowledges that is fictional and constructed therefore not real. More interesting is his opinion about democracy. He supports that the contemporary democ ...more
Claus
Jul 05, 2014 Claus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En til tider lidt svær (pga. det lidt snørklede sprog men også brugen af begreberne der bruges lidt anderledes end man er vant til) men meget tankevækkende bog om demokratiets tilstand og en refleksion over hvad demokrati overhovedet er for en størrelse. Rune Lykkebergs forord er rigtig godt til at situere Rancières bog i forhold til en dansk kontekst selvom det kunne være endog meget interessant at læse en analyse af hvordan 'Hadet til demokratiet' kommer til udtryk i de meget hyppigt forekomme ...more
Doaa Ahmed
Jun 12, 2014 Doaa Ahmed rated it it was amazing
كارهى الديمقراطية_ جاك رانسييه

نتذكر تصريح وزير الدفاع الأمريكي بصدد عمليات النهب التي أعقبت سقوط صدام حسين. قال ما جوهره: إننا منحنا الحرية للعراقيين. والحرية الآن هي، أيضاً، حرية فعل الشر.”

أكثر فقرة تُلخص مفهوم الكاتب عن الديمقراطية!وأكثر فقرة استفزتنى، خاصة بعد أخبار العراق التى تتداولها الصحف ووكالات الأنباء هذه الأيام!( اعانهم الله وأخرجهم من كبوتهم أهل العراق وأخواتنا فى العروبة والإسلام والإنسانية).

أوضح الكاتب حقائق كثيرة عن مفهوم الديموقراطية يجهلها حتى كاريهيهاو!!

استفدت كثيراً من قراءة
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Jacques Rancière (born Algiers, 1940) is a French philosopher and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris (St. Denis) who came to prominence when he co-authored Reading Capital (1968), with the Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser.

Rancière contributed to the influential volume Reading "Capital" (though his contribution is not contained in the partial English translation) before
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“نتذكر تصريح وزير الدفاع الأمريكي بصدد عمليات النهب التي أعقبت سقوط صدام حسين. قال ما جوهره إننا منحنا الحرية للعراقيين. والحرية الآن هي، أيضاً، حرية فعل الشر.” 3 likes
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