The Idea of Communism Do not be afraid join us come back You ve had your anti communist fun and you are pardoned for it time to get serious once again Slavoj i ek Responding to Alain Badiou s communist hypothesis the

  • Title: The Idea of Communism
  • Author: Costas Douzinas Slavoj Žižek
  • ISBN: 9781844674558
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Do not be afraid, join us, come back You ve had your anti communist fun, and you are pardoned for it time to get serious once again Slavoj i ek Responding to Alain Badiou s communist hypothesis , the leading political philosophers of the Left convened in London in 2009 to take part in a landmark conference to discuss the perpetual, persistent notion that, in a truly emDo not be afraid, join us, come back You ve had your anti communist fun, and you are pardoned for it time to get serious once again Slavoj i ek Responding to Alain Badiou s communist hypothesis , the leading political philosophers of the Left convened in London in 2009 to take part in a landmark conference to discuss the perpetual, persistent notion that, in a truly emancipated society, all things should be owned in common This volume brings together their discussions on the philosophical and political import of the communist idea, highlighting both its continuing significance and the need to reconfigure the concept within a world marked by havoc and crisis.

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    1. When Žižek and others at the Birkbeck Centre for the Humanities conceived of their conference exploring the Idea of Communism and related topics emerging from debates on the left (such as Badiou’s Communist Hypothesis) they seriously underestimated demand. As a result, for this 2009 gathering they had to twice move rooms from their initial 180 to finish up in a room holding 900 and with a further 300 on a video feed. There are at least two ways to read this error – the less charitable one [...]

    2. Communism as a political theory has always interested me: in particular I find a charm in the writings of Trotsky. However, in the modern world communism cannot come without revolution and violence. This, in the end, is just a book of "what if's" written by men living in ivory towers. The idea of the American Communist Party meeting in the Hilton is absurd. So was the meeting that presented the materials in this book. That said, I wish I was there.

    3. After the initial essays which I found too full of abstraction and jargon, I have found myself really enthralled by the essays of Terry Eagleton, Peter Hallward, and Michael Hardt (especially these latter two). Hardt does an excellent job of focusing on the common of communism that is what I'm most interested in. He relates how Marx identified the transition from immobile to mobile production, and then Hardt identifies how we've moved on to immaterial production (ideas, actions, media, etc). I t [...]

    4. Democracy in our global capitalist system has to be put under question. Ecological needs are demanding a rethinking of how our system operates and questions the ability of our surplus consumer system to act correctly and responsibly. As an alternative to capitalism, given the current scenario, communism needs to be analysed again. The idea of The Idea of Communism is to not throw the argument, at least, of communism out of the window, even though doubts are raised about whether communism as we h [...]

    5. A mixed bag. Some thought-provoking stuff certainly, but on the whole rather more conservative (in terms of its rethinking of communism) than I'd expected.

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