Alain de Benoist’s anti-political philosophy beyond Left and Right: non-emancipatory responses to globalisation and crisis

Schlembach, Raphael (2013) Alain de Benoist’s anti-political philosophy beyond Left and Right: non-emancipatory responses to globalisation and crisis. Working Paper. Centre for the study of social and global justice, Nottingham, UK.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyse and critique non-emancipatory and anti-political forms of opposition to globalisation and to the current Eurozone management of the global financial crisis. It will question, amongst other themes, critiques of globalisation that present themselves as mere critiques of capitalist excess or capital’s ‘transnational’ form. This opens up the problem of the national/global antinomy as well as of responses that contain a nationalist or traditionalist element. The paper draws primarily on a critical discussion of the work of ‘European New Right’ philosopher Alain de Benoist. In de Benoist’s writings it detects an anti-political rejection of the political divide between left and right, which aligns it with contemporary neo-fascist opposition to the Eurozone crisis. The paper will reflect upon this alignment through a discussion of Marxist critical theory, putting forward the argument that capitalist processes must be understood as non-personal domination rather than as a system of individual greed or wilful exploitation. This should also open up the possibility to re-evaluate some of the recent progressive, yet largely populist, movement mobilisations directed at the crisis.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Depositing User: Raphael Schlembach
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2014 08:29
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2014 08:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50230

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