1. For the better part of the last decade, the most exciting political force has been the crowd. Worldwide we feel the opposition of the crowd in demonstrations, riots, occupations, and, sometimes, in revolutions. This paper considers the political opening of the crowd event—the excitement crowds incite, particularly in contrast to the melancholia of leftists who traffic in failure and misery. My claim is that the crowd signals the paradoxical power of the people as political subject (by “people” here, I mean the people as the rest of us, the people divided from elites and rulers, the people as an unavoidably split subject). The crowd is not the people and the crowd is not a political subject. Rather, the people appear as the subject of politics when the innovation of the crowd event can be attributed to them, retroactively, as an effect of and in fidelity to the egalitarian crowd discharge. To make the argument, I bring Elias Canetti together with Alain Badiou, connecting Cannetti’s account of the crowd with Badiou’s discussion of subjectivation and the subjective process in Theory of the Subject. Even though Badiou himself would no longer agree, I argue that maintaining fidelity to the egalitarian crowd discharge is the task of a communist party. An international communist party faithful to global crowds can make them appear as “the people,” giving a politics to the international force that they already are.