…in order to think the contemporary world in any fundamental way, it’s necessary to take as your point of departure not the critique of capitalism but the critique of democracy […] no one is ready to criticize democracy. This is a real taboo, a genuine consensual fetish. Everywhere
in the world, democracy is the true subjective principle – the rallying point of liberal capitalism.
Alain Badiou, Beyond Formalization
Thereby the Enlightenment transcends its traditional self-understanding: it is demythologization not merely as reductio ad hominem [Latin: reduction to the person], but also conversely as reductio hominis [Latin: human reduction], as the insight into the deception of the subject, which stylizes itself as the absolute. The subject is the late form of mythos, and yet the equal of its most ancient form.
Adorno, Negative Dialectics