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The Communist Necessity


‘The Communist Necessity’ is a polemical interrogation of the practice of “social movementism” that has enjoyed a normative status at the centres of capitalism. Despite the fact that the name “communism” has been reclaimed by a variety of important intellectuals, J. Moufawad-Paul argues that, due to a failure to grapple with the concrete questions connected to historical moments of actually making revolution, movementist praxis remains hegemonic. More of a philosophical intervention than a historiography or political economy, The ‘Communist Necessity’ engages in a quick and pointed manner with a variety of authors and tendencies including Alain Badiou, Jodi Dean, the Invisible Committee, Tikkun, Théorie Communiste, and others. Moufawad-Paul argues that a refusal to recognize contemporary revolutionary movements from the 1980s to the present, results in the reification of a capitalist “end of history” discourse within this movementist conceptualization of theory and practice. Originally written as a small essay on the left-wing blog MLM Mayhem (which should tell you right there that this isn’t a very anarchist-friendly book) ‘The Communist Necessity’ has been expanded into a pocket-sized treatise that sketches out the boundaries of the movementist terrain, as well as its contemporary ideologues, so as to raise questions that may be uncomfortable for those who are still devoted, particularly if they define themselves as marxist, to movementist praxis. Aware of his past affinity with social movementism, and some apprehension of the problem of communist orthodoxy, the author argues that the recognition of communism’s necessity “requires a new return to the revolutionary communist theories and experiences won from history.”

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Subtitle: Prolegomena to Any Future Radical Theory
Author: Moufawad-Paul, J.
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781894946582
Pages: 168
Language: English
Publisher: Kersplebedeb
Publisher's city: Montreal
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