Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. The book closes with an Afterword from Slavoj Zizek. Luxury-Rabble vs. Without Attitude? Paradoxical, because it marks a fundamental irritation of philosophy by politics, and calls for the transformation of the former. Relating this transformation to the passage from Marx to Hegel, Ruda revisits this passage from a highly original and non-standard perspective, allowing for important contemporary philosophical debates of politics to resonate in it.
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London: Continuum, ISBN hbk. For Ruda, this is exactly what the young Marx accomplished, and hence the book is framed with an introduction and coda on the relation between Marx and Hegel. The argument in short is thus. Although there are mechanisms at play to ameliorate it, Hegel considers poverty to be structurally irresolvable. The rabble is made up of individuals who claim that they have been wronged and hence demand subsistence without work.
The rabble, lacking all these conditions, cannot be recognized by the very system of right that in fact produced them. Badiouian premises such as this one are repeatedly invoked to explain aspects of both Hegel and Marx, yet such premises are never really explained themselves. For Hegel, labour allows human beings to prove their freedom and to be recognized as members of a political community.
Ruda rightly emphasizes this condition of freedom, for this is exactly what makes the rabble so problematic. Although Hegel and Ruda take this contradiction as a given, it is by no means clear why this is the case. By ignoring the wider political-economic question, Ruda misses an opportunity to show how the problem of poverty per se became a problem for Marx.
In the next chapters , the analysis turns to the subject proper, the rabble. At the most abstract level, the rabble are those produced by civil society who do not earn their subsistence through labour, who have lost the dignity of being a recognized member of society, and who feel that they have been wronged. The rich rabble is the gambler par excellence, the one who lives through the contingency of winnings, needing nobody but his wealth, which he is always afraid will slip away.
Above civil society, the rich rabble act like gods, dismissing the norms and values which bind people together, yet nonetheless depending on the right of private property to protect themselves. Using a whole host of Badiouian tools, Ruda describes the separate relations of contingency and necessity within the two rabbles in quasi-logical formulas. Since civil society necessarily produces poverty, anyone can become and hence latently is poor and anyone poor can become and hence latently is rabble if they come to resent their objective Review condition Between the account of the structure of the rabble and the conclusion that the state is constructed in order to prevent the rabble from emerging follow four chapters which share a similar form.
First, Ruda discusses the conditions that according to Hegel make possible the actualization of freedom in the state, including habit chapter 8 , attitude chapter 9 , personality chapter 10 , and will chapter Yet Ruda seems to be more interested in the formal categorization of the rabble than in the material problem of poverty itself.
The problem with this approach is that it ignores the different motivations behind each of their accounts. The aim of the Philosophy of Right is not simply to get political categories right, but to present a rational account of the interlocking Review institutions and mechanisms which mediate the freedom of modern individuals with each other. The Philosophy of Right, however, does not intend to eliminate the rabble nor to resolve the problem of poverty for the simple reason that both form a part of the social formation that Hegel is rationally reconstructing.
Marx, at least in , does not have this same goal; instead of giving a systematic account of how civil society understands itself, Marx presents a vision of human emancipation from civil society, grounded by a set of criteria wholly other than the values embodied in the institutions of modern life.
Hence, the rabble is faul not only in the sense of lazy, but also in the sense that they do not conform to the concept of the state as such. Since the rabble can never do this, for reasons outlined above, the rabble is out of place in the state like a severed organ is out of place in a body. The problem is that the rabble is somehow still stuck to the body from which it has been severed. If the rich rabble are greedy, whimsical gamblers, how can they at the same time embody the ice-cold rationality of the bourgeoisie?
Is not the rabble in general closer to what Marx calls the lumpenproletariat than the proletariat? Ruda dismisses these ideas in his endnotes with almost no argument, and the reason is clear.
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London: Continuum, ISBN hbk. For Ruda, this is exactly what the young Marx accomplished, and hence the book is framed with an introduction and coda on the relation between Marx and Hegel. The argument in short is thus. Although there are mechanisms at play to ameliorate it, Hegel considers poverty to be structurally irresolvable. The rabble is made up of individuals who claim that they have been wronged and hence demand subsistence without work. The rabble, lacking all these conditions, cannot be recognized by the very system of right that in fact produced them.
Gor I am writing this review to lend a small, humble voice of encouragement to readers who might take up this book. Hannes marked it as to-read Jun 18, Write a customer review. Is the rabble just the necessary or also the sufficient condition for revolutionary events? Melamed — — Iyyun 50 1: One person found this helpful. At the most abstract level, the rabble are those produced by civil society who do not earn their subsistence through labour, who have lost the dignity of being a recognized member of society, and who feel that they have been wronged. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.