The Communist Manifesto
Paperback ISBN: 0525566724
The Communist Manifesto was first published in London in 1848 by two young men in their twenties, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and its impact reverberated across the globe and through the next century. Foreshadowing globalization 150 years before it happened, the Manifesto brims with prescient insights into the crisis facing capitalism today. It is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand the modern political landscape. This edition includes a new introduction by the bestselling author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? and Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, Yanis Varoufakis.
The Communist Hypothesis
Paperback ISBN: 1781688702
Offers a new program for the extreme Left after the death of neoliberalism and the demise of the Soviet Union, encouraging proponents of communism to reconceptualize the political belief system. By the author of The Meaning of Sarkozy
A Global History
Hardcover ISBN: 0525656049
An examination of the ideas and political legacy of Mao Zedong traces his role in such events as the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Cambodian genocide, sharing insight into the violent reverberations that continue to shape today
A Good American Family
The Red Scare and My Father
Hardcover ISBN: 1501178377
A timely account of the mid-20th-century Red Scare and its impact on everyday families describes how the author's WWII veteran father was spied on by the FBI, accused of communist sympathies, fired from his job and blacklisted. 75,000 first printing.
The Communist Manifesto
Paperback ISBN: 1910593494
Published in 1848, at a time of political upheaval in Europe, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s Manifesto for the Communist Party was at once a powerful critique of capitalism and a radical call to arms. It remains the most incisive introduction to the ideas of Communism and the most lucid explanation of its aims. Much of what it proposed continues to be at the heart of political debate into the 21st century. It is no surprise, perhaps, that The Communist Manifesto (as it was later renamed) is the second bestselling book of all time, surpassed only by the Bible. The Guardian’s editorial cartoonist Martin Rowson employs his trademark draftsmanship and wit to this lively graphic novel adaptation. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, The Communist Manifesto is both a timely reminder of the politics of hope and a thought-provoking guide to the most influential work of political theory ever published.
The Idea of Communism
The Seoul Conference
Paperback ISBN: 1784783943
An all-star cast of radical intellectuals discuss the continued importance of communist principles In 2009 Slavoj iek brought together an acclaimed group of intellectuals to discuss the continued relevance of the idea of communism. Unexpectedly the conference attracted an audience of over 1,000 people. The discussion has continued across the world and this book features responses from the conference in Seoul. It includes the interventions of regular contributors Alain Badiou and Slavoj iek, as well as work from across Asia, notably from the Chinese scholar Wang Hui, offering regional perspectives on communism in an era of global economic crisis and political upheaval. What does it mean to talk of communism as an emancipatory possibility to a geographical neighbour of North Korea, Vietnam or China?
Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism
Paperback ISBN: 1784781991
Philosophical materialism in all its forms – from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism – has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj iek’s argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent history has seen developments such as quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, not to speak of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our understanding of existence. In the process, the dominant tradition in Western philosophy lost its moorings. To bring materialism up to date, iek – himself a committed materialist and communist – proposes a radical revision of our intellectual heritage. He argues that dialectical materialism is the only true philosophical inheritor of what Hegel designated the “speculative
Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through
Hardcover ISBN: 1786631881
One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, ?i?ek shows why Lenin’s thought is still important today Lenin’s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But, ?i?ek argues in this new study and collection of original texts, Lenin’s true greatness can be better grasped in the very last couple of years of his political life. Russia had survived foreign invasion, embargo and a terrifying civil war, as well as internal revolts such as at Kronstadt in 1921. But the new state was exhausted, isolated and disorientated in the face of the world revolution that seemed to be receding. New paths had to be sought, almost from scratch, for the Soviet state to survive and imagine some alternative route to the future. With his characteristic brio and provocative insight, ?i?ek suggests that Lenin’s courage as a thinker can be found in his willingness to face this reality of retreat lucidly and frontally.
The Weary Sons of Freud
Paperback ISBN: 1781688850
In this passionately written and controversial book, first published in 1978, Catherine Clément, Communist, feminist and analysand, asks what the social function of psychoanalysis should be and condemns what it has become. She attacks psychoanalysis as an institution disdainful of treatment and cure, serving the interests of a new intelligentsia, thenouveaux riches of a narcissistic literary culture and publishing industry. Contrasting the insights of psychoanalytic theory to the obsessive imitations of Jacques Lacan by those who followed him as a practitioner-trainer, she offers an anthropological perspective and a political critique of Parisian psychoanalysis as a profession. How has the attentive ear of the analyst become deaf to questions about the social and political meaning of his or her work? Does a woman who is both a socialist and analysand necessarily hear such questions more clearly and answer them differently? Clement reflects on her own history, the history of psychoanalysis and the history of the French left to demonstrate what an activist and feminist restoration of psychoanalysis could be.
The 'American Exceptionalism' of Jay Lovestone and His Comrades, 1929-1940
Dissident Marxism in the United States
Paperback ISBN: 1608467562
Few figures in the history of the American Left can claim a more significant and yet contradictory legacy as Jay Lovestone. Lovestone and his comrades briefly controlled, and then were dramatically expelled from, the Communist Party of America. The so-called “Lovestoneites” struck out on their own, forming a new Communist political organization with a unique analysis of American conditions and the international political situation—different in content, but similar in its development, to the Trotskyist “Left Opposition.” This book, the first in a six volume series examining the ideology of dissident Marxist movements in America, provides fundamental documents illuminating the political and foreign policy ideas of Lovestone’s “Communist Party Opposition,” which included within its ranks at various times such prominent activists as Benjamin Gitlow, Bertram D. Wolfe, Will Herberg, Charles S. Zimmerman, Louis C. Fraina (Lewis Corey), and Ellen Dawson. By assembling this collection and providing commentary on these little known documents and articles from the Lovestone group, Le Blanc and Davenport have rendered an invaluable service to historians and activists looking to better understand the political landscape of twentieth-century radicalism.