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The Idea of Communism

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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 Žižek

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 em
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by Verso
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Aug 27, 2016 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sugges ...more
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Jan 26, 2012 Jason Walker rated it liked it
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.
Apr 29, 2014 KanellosCORE rated it liked it
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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Jun 04, 2013 Paul Adkin rated it liked it
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
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Costas Douzinas is Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London.
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