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The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto

DOWNLOAD × The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto No other Marxist text has come close to achieving the fame and influence of The Communist Manifesto Translated into over 100 languages this clarion call to the workers of the world radically shaped the events of the twentieth century But what relevance does it have for us todayIn this slim book Slavoj Zizek argues that while exploitation no longer occurs the way Marx described it it has by no means disappeared; on the contrary the profit once generated through the exploita. Since in our society free choice is elevated into a supreme value social control and domination cannot be allowed to appear as infringing on the subject s freedom they have to appear as and be sustained by the individuals very experience of themselves as free There is a multitude of forms in which this unfreedom appears in the guise of its opposite when we are deprived of universal healthcare we are told that we are given a new freedom of choice namely to choose our healthcare provider when we can no longer rely on long term employment and are compelled to search for a new precarious position every couple of years we are told that we are given the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and discover new unexpected creative potentials that lurked in our personality when we have to pay for the education of our children we are told that we become entrepreneurs of the self acting like a capitalist who has to choose freely how to invest the resources he or she posses

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DOWNLOAD × The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto Of global capitalism without significant revision the fundamental problem with which he was concerned the problem of the commons in all its dimensions the commons of nature the cultural commons and the commons as the universal space of humanity from which no one should be excluded remains as relevant as everThis timely reflection on the enduring relevance of The Communist Manifesto will be of great value to everyone interested in the key uestions of radical politics today. There is an exuisite old Soviet joke about radio Erevan A listener asks Is it true that Rabinovitch won a new car on lottery The radio answers In principle yes it s true only it wasn t a new car but an old bicycle and he didn t win it but it was stolen from him for Marx they all follow from the basic position of a worker who has nothing but his labour power to sell As such workers are by definition exploited with the progressive expansion of capitalism they constitute the majority which also produces the wealth and so on How then are we to find a revolutionary perspective and redefine it in today s conditions But to use Laclau s terms how is it possible to form a chain of euivalences from classic proletarians precariat unemployed refugees oppressed sexual and ethnic groups and the like A good starting point here would be to follow the good old Marxist path and shift the focus from politics to the signs of postcapit

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DOWNLOAD × The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto Tion of workers has been transformed into rent appropriated through the privatization of the 'general intellect' Entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have become extremely wealthy not because they are exploiting their workers but because they are appropriating the rent for allowing millions of people to participate in the new form of the 'general intellect' that they own and control But even if Marx's analysis can no longer be applied to our contemporary world. A short but poignant book with some zingers and true assessments of the present economic state of play Westerners myself included are so ingrained into capitalism that we caricature Marxism with Marx and Communism with the Communist manifesto As Zizek says communism is not proposed as a solution but a set of problems we have to face today

  • Paperback
  • 70
  • The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto
  • Slavoj Žižek
  • English
  • 03 March 2019
  • 9781509536115