A Storied Shooting

@article{Dienstag2012ASS,
  title={A Storied Shooting},
  author={Joshua Foa Dienstag},
  journal={Political Theory},
  year={2012},
  volume={40},
  pages={290 - 318}
}
  • J. Dienstag
  • Published 9 March 2012
  • Sociology
  • Political Theory
A variety of theorists have emphasized the paradox at the center of democratic legal authority, viz., that it cannot be self-derived but must ultimately rest on some extra-legal phenomenon, usually an act of exclusion. John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance examines precisely this paradoxical situation and, I argue, actually suggests a novel response that has escaped theorists who have considered the problem in the past. The film’s best-known line (“print the legend”) in fact represents… 
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