By C. el-Ojeili
The present go back of curiosity in socialism and the critique of capitalism make a reengagement with far-left socialist currents of vital curiosity. past Post-Socialism considers the modern scenario and clients of socialism via a sequence of reviews of vital Left thinkers together with Cornelius Castoriadis, Hardt and Negri, Badiou, Debord, and Wallerstein; via currents reminiscent of anarchism and post-Marxism; and during urgent concerns like globalization and post-modern suggestion. El-Ojeili argues for the pressing foreign money of socialism's left incarnations, in the direction of a severe knowing of the current and the mind's eye of a higher destiny. This booklet could be compelling to students and scholars of social and political idea and to all these attracted to the emergence of a brand new international left.
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More generally, neo-liberalism, for some, has shifted ‘the parameters of commonsense’ (Hall, 1988: 188), from equality, solidarity and justice towards liberty, competition and individualism, deflating utopian aspirations before the hidden hand (Fuller, 2005) and necessitarian rhetoric (‘there is no alternative’). And, in a related vein, restructuring pressures within the university, and accompanying professionalization and commodification of knowledge, have been viewed as posing severe challenges to the historic tradition of critical intellectual life.
We see, too, in challenges to commitments to progress, aspirations to totalizing knowledge, and assumptions of unity, caution towards, or forthright criticism of, utopian blueprints and the idea of revolution, in the name of difference, for fear of totalitarianism, in an elevation of the ethical over the political. Putting aside a raft of obvious objections, I think the case can be made that these transformations intertwine by the late 1980s and into the 1990s – the period of ‘happy globalization’ – into an overriding sense that ‘the utopian mentality is withering away’ (Kolakowski, 1990: 143), that ‘the utopian itself has been in general suspension since the midseventies’, bringing a ‘remorseless closure of space’ (Anderson, 2004: 71).
I think the answer has to be a clear no. Instead, these analyses often seem rather blank and formal. , etc. But what is the real analytical and political purchase of such formulaic moves? 15 Post-Marxism 34 Beyond Post-Socialism is, though, a ‘series of gestures’ some of which might, after all, come to be seen precisely as moments within Marxism (Beilharz, 2007), within the wealth of efforts made to establish a dialogue between Marx and contemporary social settings. Surely, this engagement, as Castoriadis (1987: 9) once said, remains ‘immediate and inevitable’ for anyone interested in society.
Beyond Post-Socialism: Dialogues with the Far-Left by C. el-Ojeili