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The Idea of Communism [PDF / Epub] ★ The Idea of Communism ✪ Costas Douzinas – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 againSlavoj i ek Responding to Alain Badiou s communist hypothesis , the l Do not be afraid, join us, come back You ve had your The Idea PDF/EPUB ² anti communist fun, and you are pardoned for it time to get serious once againSlavoj i ek Responding to Alain Badiou s communist hypothesis , the leading political philosophers of the Left convened in London into 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. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    When i ek 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 sugges When i ek 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 suggests that it demonstrates these scholars distance from activist movements, thecharitable one sees it as a sign of a need for rigorous theoretical discussion on the left I suspect that it is a combination of the two alongside the almost celebrity status of philosophers including i ek , Hardt Negri of Multitude fame , Badiou and their ilk This book is a collection, only slightly edited, of the papers presented at the conference, and as with any set of conference proceedings it is uneven with high low points depending on your politics and position on the left for those on the Right, I suspect it is all low From my perspective, the highlights are those papers that have, for the most part, returned to Marx in various ways This means that, although I quite like some of his other work, Badiou s opening paper they are arranged alphabetically by author is close to the collection s low point even if challenging, stimulating and invigorating but lost in abstraction.There are, however, several papers that I will keep coming back to Susan Buck Morss for instance demands that we look beyond the Eurocentric left to, for instance, some of Islam s internal leftist critics not for their message but for 1 their methods, and 2 to better tailor messages to the diverse global conditions we occupy It is a fabulous piece of post colonial Hegelian thinking Equally, Bruno Bosteels unsettles by demanding that we abandon a Leftist hypothesis and reassert a communism grounded in its liberatory promise, not its false practice an idea he develops through a critical reading of prison writing by lvaro Garc a Linera currently Vice President of Bolivia Most surprising for me was my response to Michael Hardt s paper I am generally uncomfortable with the autonomist approach he has been developing with Antonio Negri in recent years, but his paper here is one of the best discussions of the political significance of the commons and one I know that I will return to for other work.Amid all this, however, the collection is woven through with i ek s and Badiou s ongoing case for a step beyond the limitation of Formerly Existing Socialism and a return to communism s promise of emancipation, as well as the role that communism as a utopian goal continues to play in motivating and inspiring activist and other political projects Don t read this if you are looking for a political programme read this to be reminded that while there is much that we need to move beyond in some of the old politics of the Left, there is much that remains important, useful and essential to making sense of and changing the world for the better and to be reminded that the current crisis of capitalism is a failure of its neo liberal utopia of the free market


  2. Jason Walker Jason Walker says:

    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. Brian Beatty Brian Beatty says:

    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 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 think that s what would best describe the movements about open source, open access, makers, etc People share, build and create, and share again, often without profit or ownership in mind That s the common, and this is what I find inspiring.In finishing the book, I found only a fewessays beyond those 3 that I could closely relate to and enjoy The short essay by Vattimo and the one by Zizek himself Zizek comes closest to expressing the sentiments I shared above, and also finishes with an interesting view on the current division of mean of production and social classes My rating of the book isn t larger only because I found so many of the essays to be too deeply philosophical and beyond relatability But these 5 essays that I refer to here certainly are thought provoking and would rate much higher if alone


  4. Josh Curtis Josh Curtis says:

    best essays were those by i ek, hardt, negri, and douzinas almost all was worthwhile for me though, as an introduction to the 21st century left hardt and negri s empire is moving up in my queue as a result of my experience reading this book


  5. Paul Adkin Paul Adkin says:

    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 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 have known it can or should be allowed to make a come back Nevertheless, as a starting point for thinking of a better,possible future world, this reappraisal of communist philosophy has to be taken into consideration As a collection of speeches given by different authors the book probably has something for everyone interested in thinking beyond capitalism, but will probably also be equally unsatisfying when considered as a whole work hence only 3 stars


  6. Trevor Trevor says:

    Fascinating


  7. Alys Alys says:

    A mixed bag Some thought provoking stuff certainly, but on the whole ratherconservative in terms of its rethinking of communism than I d expected.


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