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Margins II: The New Communism

  • Chamsy el-OjeiliEmail author
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Abstract

In this chapter, el-Ojeili turns to the far-Left. Increasingly, since the end of the 1990s, a new global Left has consolidated, a Left that includes a configuration el-Ojeili labels the “new communism”. Within this configuration, a number of novel utopian dimensions are visible. Evincing a convergence between anarchism and Marxism, this new communism produces novel totalizing maps of power. It also develops new positions on resistance and on the subjects, both individual and collective, of emancipatory transformation, espousing what is labeled an “insurrectionary immediatism”. While discussion of the institutional and strategic dimensions of this new communism is underdeveloped, today’s far-Left, in emphases on poetry, post-secularism, and affect, chart a contemporary variant of the Left’s artistic critique.

Keywords

Post-Marxism Globalization Communism Anarchism Power 

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