21st-century communist theorists
According to the political theorist Alan Johnson there has been a revival of serious interest in communism in the 21st century led by Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou. Other leading theorists are Michael Hardt, Toni Negri, Gianni Vattimo, Alessandro Russo, and Judith Balso. Also Alberto Toscano, translator of Alain Badiou, Terry Eagleton, Bruno Bosteels and Peter Hallward. Many of these advocates contributed to the three-day conference, “The Idea of Communism,” in London in 2009 that drew a substantial paying audience. Theoretical publications, some published by Verso Books, include The Idea of Communism, edited by Costas Douzinas and Zizek, Badiou’s The Communist Hypothesis, and Bosteels’s The Actuality of Communism. The defining common ground is the contention that 'the crises of contemporary liberal capitalist societies—ecological degradation, financial turmoil, the loss of trust in the political class, exploding inequality—are systemic; interlinked, not amenable to legislative reform, and requiring “revolutionary” solutions.'
See Also: Slavoj Zizek
See Also: Alain Badiou
See Also: Michael Hardt
See Also: Toni Negri
See Also: Gianni Vattimo
See Also: Alberto Toscano
See Also: Terry Eagleton
See Also: Bruno Bosteels
See Also: Peter Hallward
See Also: David Harvey
- Duncan Campbell. "Move over Jacko, Idea of Communism is hottest ticket in town this weekend", March 12, 2009. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.
- Alan Johnson (May/June 2012). "The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion". World Affairs. "A specter is haunting the academy—the specter of “new communism.” A worldview recently the source of immense suffering and misery, and responsible for more deaths than fascism and Nazism, is mounting a comeback; a new form of left-wing totalitarianism that enjoys intellectual celebrity but aspires to political power.".
- Costas Douzinas, editor and contributor; Slavoj Zizek, editor; Alain Badiou, contributor; Judith Balso, contributor; Bruno Bosteels, contributor; Susan Buck-Morss, contributor; Terry Eagleton, contributor; Peter Hallward, contributor; Michael Hardt, contributor; Jean-Luc Nancy, contributor; Antonio Negri, contributor; Jacques Rancière, contributor; Mark Russo, contributor; Alberto Toscano, contributor; Gianni Vattimo, contributor; The Idea of Communism (Vol. 1), Verso (December 13, 2010), hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN 184467455X ISBN 978-1844674558; trade paperback, Verso (December 13, 2010), ISBN 1844674592 ISBN 978-1844674596
- book review by Mark Harvey, February 2011 in Socialist Review
- Alain Badiou, The Communist Hypothesis, Verso (July 13, 2010), hardcover, 288 pages, ISBN 1844676005 ISBN 978-1844676002
- Bruno Bosteels, The Actuality of Communism, Verso (June 1, 2011), hardcover, 256 pages, ISBN 1844676951 ISBN 978-1844676958
- Communism, A New Beginning? October 14–16, 2011
- "Full Communism" blog post at versobooks.com by Huw Lemmey May 3, 2012
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