Demos

Jacques Rancière seems to conceive of democracy not so much as a form of government but as a force that can express itself in government to a greater or less extent, making the state more or less democratic. That force is not so much the will of the people, but the expansion of who counts as “the people.” That question underlies many of the seemingly disparate issues salient to our politics: citizenship, immigration, voting, discrimination, marriage, gender. These boundary issues delineate the front line in the battle of democracy against concentrated power.

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