The essay analyzes revolutionary terror apropos of two exemplary cases: the Jacobin phase of the French Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In both cases, terror should be dismissed not as a mass crime but as a failed articulation of the radical emancipatory will. Our task is to imagine how this radical emancipatory will can be given a new expression in the forthcoming crisis of global capitalism.
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Slavoj Žižek; Revolutionary Terror from Robespierre to Mao. positions 1 August 2011; 19 (3): 671–706. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10679847-1369262
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