The Communist Horizon (Pocket Communism)
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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.
Greek occupations), this inclusiv ity had detrimental effects , hinderi ng the movement's ability to take a strong stand against capitalism and for collective control over common resow-ces. The disavowal of communism as a political ideal shapes the Left. Fragmented tributaries and currents, branches and networks of particular projects and prutial objects, ru·e the left form of the loss of communism. The "politics-of-no-politics" line seeking to trump class and economic struggle in the Spanish,
Greek, and U S protests wasn't new. For over thirty years, many o n the Left have argued that this pa1tial, dispersed politics i s an advance over previous emphases on class and mi litancy (indeed, this is perhaps the strongest legacy of 1968). Avoiding the division and antagonism that comes with taking a political position, they di splace their energies onto procedural concerns with inclusion and parti cipation, as if the content of the politics were either given-a matter of identity-or
too much . A question for the capture of the common in capi tal ism, then, is the cri me or harm : If there is abundance or surplus, why is expropriation a problem? Or is the problem some k i nd of exploitation, and if so, what kind? N etworked communications provide multiple instances of expropriation and exploitation of the common . Here are six: data, metadata, networks, attention, capacity, and spectacle. Each of these is an interconnected yet distinct exploitation of the social substance.
and within worlds. The part-of-no-pa.It doesn't designate a subset of persons, a "we" or a "concrete identi ty" that can be empirically indicated . It names the gap, division, or antagonism that marks the non-identi ty of any ordering with its own components. The Lacanian term for the part-of-no-part would then be objet petit a, an impos sible, formal object produced as the excess of a process or relation, a kind of gap that incites or annoys, the missingness or not-quite-rightness that calls
quotes Garcia Linera's response to an interviewer's questions about his pa�·ty's plans following their electoral victm)': "The general I NT R O DUCTIO N 3 horizon of the era is communist."1 Garcia Linera doesn't explain the term. Rather, as Bosteels points out, Garcia Linera invokes the communist horizon "as if it were the most natural thing in the world," as if it were so obvious as to need neither explanation nor justification. He assumes the communist horizon as an ineducible feature of