The political philosophy of Carl Schmitt is commonly assumed to be inherently conservative and tending toward the dominance of sovereign state institutions. By historicizing Schmitt's well-known Theory of the Partisan, this article reorients conversations about the partisan away from debates over the War on Terror, to instead consider how partisan enmity provides a paradigm to explain the subjectivity of resistance. This argument provides resources to explore how the emergence of Michel Hardt and Antonio Negri’s ‘multitude’ can effectively craft itself as a topological counter-Empire, making resistance both possible and legitimate, and ensuring Schmitt is an ally against Empire.

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