In this response to Gavin Walker's “The Body of Politics,” I take issue with Walker's contention that the contemporary wariness with regard to the party-form on the Left is due to an ideological weakness, arguing instead that this “saturation” has precise material and historical determinations. At stake in this debate are two theoretical issues: Walker's use of Alain Badiou to argue for a reactivation of the figure of the party, and Marx's enigmatic distinction between what he once called the “historical” and “political” forms of the party. The Conjugation of These Two Lines of Thought In Turn Imply a strategic horizon: The prospect of “seizing power,” and the adequate means for doing so.

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