[lbo-talk] on Jodi Dean's "Communist Horizon"

Bhaskar Sunkara bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com
Sun Aug 21 18:13:09 PDT 2011

Dean and some others have responded, I've yet to reply back due to the fact my power got knocked out around noon and I can't competently compose on my cellphone.

One commenter describes my intentions as follows... he's mostly accurate:

I would paraphrase your critique as follows: Dean is out of her depth. She has insufficiently studied what she purports to be authoritative about. Within the Western socialist left alone, there's a long, complex, and fraught (150-year) history of analyzing the questions she raises, a history rooted in concrete failures and successes, a history she mostly ignores. That her presentation can be regarded as any kind of intellectual breakthrough is not her fault, really -- she is well-meaning and serious enough. Rather, it attests to just how much Marxist discourse has shriveled in the last two decades -- outside tiny sects -- and just how out of touch the post-post-Marxist academic left is, and its wannabes are.

Sent from my iPhone.

On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM, Bhaskar Sunkara <bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com>wrote:

> As promised, I finally found an hour to write something fuller on Jodi
> Dean's "Communist Horizon" lecture: http://jacobinmag.com/blog/?p=1337 ...
> the Althusser quote is not an endorsement. Also, the dog pictured is not my
> own. I have a lab.

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