21st-century communist theorists

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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.[1] 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.'[2]

Slavoj Zizek

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Alain Badiou

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Michael Hardt

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Toni Negri

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Gianni Vattimo

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Alessandro Russo

Judith Balso

Alberto Toscano

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Terry Eagleton

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Bruno Bosteels

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Peter Hallward

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David Harvey

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  1. Duncan Campbell. "Move over Jacko, Idea of Communism is hottest ticket in town this weekend", March 12, 2009. Retrieved on May 18, 2012. 
  2. 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.". 

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