Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-ii

Contents

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pp. iii-iv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

The European revolutions of 1848 ended on December 2, 1851, when tragedy repeated itself as a farce and Louis Napoleon Bonaparte guillotined the Second French Republic by means of a coup. In the days and weeks during which this last act of the revolutionary drama was unfolding before the eyes of the world, five of the greatest...

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Chapter 1: Protest against Politics

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pp. 7-32

“What is going on?” asked radical French philosopher Alan Badiou two years ago. “Of what are we half-fascinated, half-devastated witnesses? The continuation, at all costs, of a weary world? A salutary crisis of that world . . . ? The end of that world? The advent of a different world?”1...

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Chapter 2: The Democracy of Rejection

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pp. 33-62

In The Watcher, one of Italo Calvino’s early novels, the great writer spins a tale of an election suffused with madness, passion, and reason. The protagonist, Amerigo Ormea, an unmarried leftist intellectual, agrees to be an election monitor in Turin’s famous Cottolengo Hospital ...

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Chapter 3: Exit Politics

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pp. 63-78

Inspired by the East Germans’ triumph over communism by leaving rather than fighting, several West German anarchists in 1990 designed a monument, Unknown Deserters, commemorating those who perished in both world wars: “This is for the man who refused to kill his ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 79-80

The origins of small books—like the origins of mass protests—are always veiled in mystery. They are spontaneous and leaderless. They are born of collective emotions and collective experiences, so allow me to express my gratitude to those who took to the streets of Sofia on...

Notes

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pp. 81-84