This essay argues that Jodi Dean’s The Communist Horizon can be read as a radical left-Schmittian intervention. The essay shows the basic points of correspondence between Dean’s arguments and those of Carl Schmitt. Bargu examines how Dean adopts and mobilizes Schmitt’s most characteristic claims in the service of a communist politics while also modifying and complicating them in light of her analysis of the changes wrought by neoliberal, communicative capitalism, a poststructuralist questioning of the identity of the ruler and the ruled, and the insights of psychoanalysis for subject formation. Building on the reconstruction of Dean’s work according to the main tenets of left-Schmittianism, Bargu discusses both the important insights and the theoretical problems involved in the leftist appropriation of Schmitt’s thought.
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Banu Bargu; The Predicaments of Left-Schmittianism. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 October 2014; 113 (4): 713–727. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-2803602
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