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Bolshevism’s New Believers | by Benjamin Nathans | The New York Review of Books
"The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine Princeton University Press, 1,104 pp., $39.95"
book  review  soviet-union  history  communism 
february 2018 by tsuomela
The Party’s Over: Looking Back on Communism - Los Angeles Review of Books
Vanguard of the Revolution by A. James McAdams and Red Hangover by Kristen Ghodsee
books  review  communism  history  20c  capitalism 
october 2017 by tsuomela
VersoBooks.com
"Rethinking communism for the twenty-first century. Since Alain Badiou first formulated the “communist hypothesis” in The Meaning of Sarkozy, it has become a concept that has acted as a reorienting focus for the Left. Adopted and discussed by a wide range of Left thinkers, this debate holds out hope for a revitalized communist movement.  "
book  publisher  series  communism  capitalism  socialism 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Four Futures
"There are therefore four logical combinations of the two oppositions, resource abundance vs. scarcity and egalitarianism vs. hierarchy. To put things in somewhat vulgar-Marxist terms, the first axis dictates the economic base of the post-capitalist future, while the second pertains to the socio-political superstructure. Two possible futures are socialisms (only one of which I will actually call by that name) while the other two are contrasting flavors of barbarism."
economics  future  capitalism  socialism  freedom  rent  utopia  communism  futurism  post-scarcity 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Ralph Dumain: "The Autodidact Project": Marx and Marxism Web Guide
"Web resources on Marx and Marxism comprise too huge a category to document comprehensively. The focus here is Marxology and Marxist philosophy, theory, and history, primarily resources in the English language. "
marxism  communism  reference  online 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Innovation Isn’t a Matter of Left or Right - NYTimes.com
Steven Johnson responds to the question: "Are you a communist?"

In my research, I analyzed 300 of the most influential innovations in science, commerce and technology — from the discovery of vacuums to the vacuum tube to the vacuum cleaner — and put the innovators of each breakthrough into one of four quadrants. First, there is the classic solo entrepreneur, protecting innovations in order to benefit from them financially; then the amateur individual, exploring and inventing for the love of it. Then there are the private corporations collaborating on ideas while simultaneously competing with one another. And then there is what I call the “fourth quadrant”: the space of collaborative, nonproprietary innovation, exemplified in recent years by the Internet and the Web, two groundbreaking innovations not owned by anyone.
...the fourth quadrant turns out to have generated more world-changing ideas than the competitive sphere of the marketplace.
innovation  creativity  politics  ideology  markets  collaboration  property  intellectual-property  communism 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The unrevolution
What most characterizes today's web revolutionaries is their rigorously apolitical and ahistorical perspectives - their fear of actually being revolutionary. To them, the technological upheaval of the web ends in a reinforcement of the status quo. There's nothing wrong with that view, I suppose - these are all writers who court business audiences - but their writings do testify to just how far we've come from the idealism of the early days of cyberspace, when online communities were proudly uncommercial and the free exchanges of the web stood in opposition to what John Perry Barlow dismissively termed "the Industrial World." By encouraging us to think of sharing as "collaborative consumption" and of our intellectual capacities as "cognitive surplus," the technologies of the web now look like they will have, as their ultimate legacy, the spread of market forces into the most intimate spheres of human activity.
politics  internet  market  capitalism  communism  ideology  idealism  technology 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner | The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans
The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps. These base Republican voters dislike Barak Obama to be sure - which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush - but these voters identify themselves as part of a ‘mocked’ minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. They overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.
polls  politics  right-wing  conservative  republicans  media  journalism  attitude  communism  fear 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Books of The Times - ‘Marx’s General’ by Tristram Hunt - Humanizing Engels - Review - NYTimes.com
In his new book, “Marx’s General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels,” Tristram Hunt argues that Engels has become a convenient scapegoat, too easily blamed for the state crimes of the Soviet Union and Communist Southeast Asia and China.
marxism  history  communism  19c  revolution  capitalism  about(KarlMarx) 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Trust Theory | n 1
The premise of "On the Idea of Communism," which was hosted March 13-15 by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, was to explore the possible positive meanings of the word "communism" for philosophical thinking.
communism  theory  conference  review 
june 2009 by tsuomela
OnTheCommons.org » Still Spooked by Communism
This is just stupid. As a matter of intellectual history and politics, the emerging online collectivism has nothing to do with communist revolutions or state socialism. So why even locate online media in that tradition? One suspects that Kelly or some shallow editor thought that “the new socialism” would be a catchy, provocative hook. Sigh. The silly conventions of mass-market journalism.
metaphor  language  communism  commons 
may 2009 by tsuomela
infinite thØught: power to the people?
Power to the People? Conference notes, Birkbeck College, 9th May 2009
conference  notes  leftism  communism  critical-theory 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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