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The Communist Horizon (Pocket Communism) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1844679546
ISBN-10: 1844679543
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“One of the most significant books in recent critical theory to theorize a powerful leftist politics. Its spirit and argument are energizing,and Dean’s analysis is likely to intensify desires for transnational solidarity toward ending exploitation. The book’s message is especially important in the present moment, when so many people despair over their political and economic powerlessness.”– Political Theory

“This is what everyone engaged in today’s struggles for emancipation needs: a unique combination of theoretical stringency and a realistic assessment of our predicament. To anyone who continues to dwell in illusions about liberal democracy, one should simply say: read Jodi Dean’s new book!”—Slavoj Žižek

“Jodi’s sharp analysis of the impasses of the left is also a kind of requiem for much of the 2.0 bluster of the last decade.”—Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism

 

About the Author

Jodi Dean teaches political and media theory in Geneva, New York. She has written or edited eleven books, including The Communist Horizon and Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Communism
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844679543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844679546
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Malvin VINE VOICE on August 8, 2013
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"The Communist Horizon" by Jodi Dean boldly argues that Communism must guide our struggle to create a better future. Professor Dean is a leading post-Marxist scholar and educator based in Geneva, New York whose thoughtful, passionate and inspirational writing reflects her profound experiences as both an academic and activist. This excellent book will interest those who may be pondering the legacies of the Occupy movement and what might come next.

To begin, Professor Dean believes the Left has been paralyzed for too long by a depressingly negative narrative which posits that Communism must inevitably result in Stalinism, decay and collapse. Indeed, the silly reductionist myth that Communism must be a dire threat to democracy serves those who would have us believe there is no alternative to capitalism. In its place, Professor Dean asserts a positive vision where the Communism Horizon is at once a metaphor representing the possibility of an equitable and sustainable future for all; and the rejection of capitalism as the natural order of things.

Few would disagree that the current situation is grim. Professor Dean believes that the kind of identity politics practiced by the Democratic Party to date has merely succeeded in increasing access to an inherently unjust system and as a practical result, has strengthened capitalism. In fact, the corporate culture of selfish individualism has lately unburdened capital from dealing with labor as a collective force, resulting in rising inequality and declining wages. Therefore, the mass of people who have 'a part in no part' (after Jacques Ranciere) in the decisions that affect their lives must assert its power if we wish to improve our material conditions.
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Useful as an exercise in attempting to understand contemporary society and politics through the prism of a traditional Marxist analysis, and notable for its insistence on a role for the Party. But American Marxism was never as intellectually robust as the European variants. I don't think anyone who has not previously drunk the koolaide is likely to find it persuasive. If you are a believer, it may be. If you are not, there are probably better starting points. For one, try Colin Crouch's Post-Democracy. Or Liquid Modernity, by Zygmunt Bauman.
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This powerful and inspiring manifesto opens the door to communism that the 20th century attempted
to slam shut. Not everyone will agree with Dean's provocative attempt to rehabilitate the party, but
anyone committed to equality will be excited by the new possibilities for radical politics that
arise when we focus our eyes on the communist horizon.
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This is a great book from a very prolific writer and editor. Very interesting perspective on the coming collapse of capitalism, and definitely worth reading. It's also very useful as an overview of communism in general and really sets the record straight.
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Good product and good service.
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