The Communist Horizon

The Communist Horizon

by Jodi Dean


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In this new title in Verso’s Pocket Communism series, Jodi Dean unshackles the communist ideal from the failures of the Soviet Union. In an age when the malfeasance of international banking has alerted exploited populations the world over to the unsustainability of an economic system predicated on perpetual growth, it is time the left ended its melancholic accommodation with capitalism.

In the new capitalism of networked information technologies, our very ability to communicate is exploited, but revolution is still possible if we organize on the basis of our common and collective desires. Examining the experience of the Occupy movement, Dean argues that such spontaneity can’t develop into a revolution and it needs to constitute itself as a party.

An innovative work of pressing relevance, The Communist Horizon offers nothing less than a manifesto for a new collective politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786635525
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Our Soviets 23

2 Present Force 39

3 Sovereignty of the People 69

4 Common and Commons 119

5 Desire 157

6 Occupation and the Party 207

What People are Saying About This

Slavoj Zizek

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!

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