By C. el-Ojeili
The present go back of curiosity in socialism and the critique of capitalism make a reengagement with far-left socialist currents of vital curiosity. past Post-Socialism considers the modern scenario and customers of socialism via a sequence of reports of significant Left thinkers together with Cornelius Castoriadis, Hardt and Negri, Badiou, Debord, and Wallerstein; via currents comparable to anarchism and post-Marxism; and during urgent matters like globalization and post-modern inspiration. El-Ojeili argues for the pressing forex of socialism's left incarnations, in the direction of a severe knowing of the current and the mind's eye of a higher destiny. This ebook may be compelling to students and scholars of social and political concept and to all these drawn to the emergence of a brand new worldwide left. Read more...
summary: the present go back of curiosity in socialism and the critique of capitalism make a reengagement with far-left socialist currents of important curiosity. past Post-Socialism considers the modern state of affairs and clients of socialism via a sequence of experiences of significant Left thinkers together with Cornelius Castoriadis, Hardt and Negri, Badiou, Debord, and Wallerstein; via currents resembling anarchism and post-Marxism; and during urgent matters like globalization and post-modern inspiration. El-Ojeili argues for the pressing forex of socialism's left incarnations, in the direction of a serious figuring out of the current and the mind's eye of a higher destiny. This ebook may be compelling to students and scholars of social and political idea and to all these attracted to the emergence of a brand new international left
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Yet, a still lingering concern might hold that, as Sim (1998) has put it, the ‘post’ side of ‘post-Marxism’ is driving the endeavour. A central worry here is that, as Gregor McLennan (1996; 1999; 2002; 2003) argues, the thrust of such post-modern thinking has been unrelentingly ‘negative’ and ‘excessively self-scrutinizing’, focused on detecting and rejecting those various ‘sins’ of Modernist theorizing – reductionism, essentialism, universalism, enlightenment, objectivism and so on. Is there any way we can abandon those ‘traditionalist’ commitments, McLennan (1996; 2006) asks, if we are to remain committed to thinking ‘the logic of the social’, to explanation and to politically relevant social theorizing.
Boltanski argues that we have seen, in recent times, a shift from the formerly dominant Left vision of, and commitment to, ‘total revolution’. Today, says Boltanski, the Left speaks the language of democracy, rights, and citizenship. Thus, even in the ultra-Leftist imaginings of Hardt and Negri (2000) the programmatic moment consists of rights demands – global citizenship, a social wage and reappropriation (Žižek, 2004). Evaluating post-Marxism Each of these problems, and the variety of post-Marxist answers to them, seem pressing when reflecting on the issue of Marxism’s ‘broken triangle’ of social science, philosophy and politics (Therborn, 2008) and on the question of the extent to which socialism still constitutes a significant counter-culture of our modernity (Bauman, 1976; Beilharz, 1999).
For Castoriadis, totalitarianism, too, can be understood partly in psychic terms, as a search for mastery, for omnipotence. Castoriadis and Lefort, were, as mentioned, part of a Left communist tradition that produced some of the best analytical work on ‘really existing socialism’ – their ideas influential in the revival of the anti-totalitarianism discourse from the 1970s (Howard, 2007). 5 Complications makes the differences, here, very clear. The impetus for Lefort’s book was provided by two prominent interpretations of ‘really existing socialism’ – Francois Furet’s (2000) The Passing of an Illusion and Martin Malia’s (1995) The Soviet Tragedy.
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