By Shannon Kurt Brincat
A compelling three-volume exploration of the philosophical, social, and political elements of the speculation and perform of communism in the stipulations of 21st-century global politics and overdue capitalism.
• provides viewpoints from prime Marxist philosophers, economists, and historians along these from specialists serious of communist principles to supply a balanced, various assortment on glossy communism
• Re-examines proven debates inside of communist and radical politics to teach how those discussions were reconfigured to how communism is at the moment located in global politics and will strengthen within the future
• Explores Marx's imaginative and prescient from a number of interpretive backgrounds, together with the socialist, monetary, humanist, cosmopolitan, post-modern, feminist, environmental, and cultural, to have interaction a large readership: scholars, teachers, activists, and laypersons
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These progressive elements of the communal nature of communism are also highlighted by Paul Burkett (Chapter 9, Volume I). Burkett interprets Marx’s various outlines of communism as a vision of sustainable human development by sketching the developmental and environmental principles in communal property, production, and relations, that reflect—albeit with differences in terminology—the socialist triangle of production, consumption, and distribution identified by Lebowitz. Given the worsening crisis of poverty and the environment, Burkett rightly points out that the question of sustainable human development is crucial for the communist tradition, which has long been deemed ecologically unsustainable due to its alleged assumption of a limitless nature and human domination over it.
At the same time, it seems that some rapprochement between these two revolutionary strands of socialism is now possible given the failures of state socialism, the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of the modern state, and the need for direct forms of self-organization at local and cosmopolitan levels. ” Paul Blackledge (Chapter 2, Volume 2) continues the historical examination of communism by interrogating the failings of the Internationals in promoting working-class solidarity, leading to the outbreak of World War I.
Takes on a significance that is not purely historical. ” Volume 2 begins by examining the continuing significance of key historical events and debates within communism. The tensions between communism and anarchism, the splits within leftist parties and groups within the Internationals, and the capitalist restoration after the demise of the Soviet system, illustrate that communism’s past continues to frame the possibilities of the present. But this volume also offers a contemporary analysis of actually existing states that identify as communist, including the economic form of Chinese communism and its rise as the next global superpower; the paradox of North Korea as a communist, dynastic, and pariah state; the changes underway in Vietnamese Socialism as it mediates modernity and development; and the likely direction of change in Cuba with the passing of the Castro era.