Verso’s Pocket Communism series seeks to reorient leftist discourse by taking the idea of “communism” as a shared point of departure. In this series of articles and interviews, the Platypus Affiliated Society seeks to host a critical dialogue on this subject in order to clarify the various positions and oppositions that are at work, situate them within the broader history of the Left, and evaluate their salience for the present.
‘Communism’ is still the name to be used to designate radical emancipatory projects. It is a name that can not only express the Idea which guides radical activity, but can also help expose the catastrophes of the twentieth century, including those of the Left.
— Slavoj Žižek and Costas Douzinas, The Idea of Communism (2010), pgs. viii-ix.
I am not in favour of raising any dogmatic banner. On…
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