The Communist Horizon (Pocket Communism)

The Communist Horizon (Pocket Communism)

Jodi Dean

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1844679543

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

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that the state has no role in the economy doesn't convince anyone. The bailouts proved the possibil­ ity and necessity of using the state for the common interest of the collective people. Also contributing to the climate wherein commu­ nism is a present threat is a meme that doesn' t use the word "communist" but focuses instead on the people as the source of excesses that must be elimi nated or controlled. Conservative and mainstream media in the U S, U K, and Europe blame the people for the debt

the new prac­ tices of occ upation and assembly, their break with the everyday, suggest a people in the process of reformatting itself, trying to make itself thi nk, do, and desire other­ wise. Barricades, occupations, strikes, hacks, boycotts, and demonstrations work on the people who will them perhaps even more than on their opponents . Yet the recession of these enactments of popular will back into SOV E R E IGNTY OF TH F: P E OPLE 1 15 habits that affirm and reinforce communicative capi­

change, as if transforming the people were a process that could end. SOV E R E IGNTY OF TH F: P E OPLE 1 17 The rule of the people is unsurpassable . The forms it takes necessarily vary-the sovereignty of the people does not have to be only or exclusively in the form of state sovereignty. State sovereignty is likewise limited, provisional, and incomplete insofar as the people exceed state forms. But only in a world without people would there be no need for the rule of the people. This rule

pro­ duction line, attempts to extract from us whatever bit of mindshare is left. Berardi theorizes these speed-ups as a super-sat­ uration of attention: "The acceleration produced by network technologies and the condition of precarious­ ness and dependence of cognitive labor, forced as i t is to be subject to the pace of the productive network, has produced a s atmation of human attention which has reached pathological levels ." 1 9 He connects increases in depression, anxiety, panic disorder,

false, undermined by Su san Buck - M o rss demon strates how the structuring logic of the Cold War was already in place by the end of World War I. See her Dreamworld and Catastrophe, Cambridge, M A : M IT Press, 2000 . 24 T H E C O M M U N IST H O R IZON the ac tual his tmical relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States. This relationship dis­ turbs the easy equation of communism with the USSR insofar as communism becomes an element of US self-identity. The two regimes,

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