Friday, August 27, 2010

Debating Empire (ed. Gopal Balakrishnan)

Debating Empire (New Left Review Debates) by Gopal Balakrishnan

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's book Empire has been hailed as a latter day Communist Manifesto.  As much as it has seduced and delighted some, however, it has enraged and frustrated others. In this collection, a series of some of the most acute international theorists and commentators of our times subject the book to trenchant and probing analysis from political, economic and philosophical perspectives, and Hardt and Negri respond to their questions and criticisms.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

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The Meaning of Sarkozy was okay, but I don’t really mess with the man.  I’ll try to parse through this new little red book at some point, but Badiou’s prose is usually too convoluted for my Anglo-American mind and post-Maoists tend to unnerve me.  Here’s something generic from the publisher:

Alain Badiou’s formulation of the “communist hypothesis” has traveled around the world since it was first aired in early 2008, in his book The Meaning of Sarkozy. The hypothesis is partly a demand to reconceptualize communism after the twin deaths of the Soviet Union and neoliberalism, but also a fresh demand for universal emancipation. As “third way” reforms prove as empty in practice as in theory, Badiou’s manifesto is a galvanizing call to arms that needs to be reckoned with by anyone concerned with the future of our planet.

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If anyone can convert this double-page scan into an ebook compatible single page scan, it’d be most appreciated.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt

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The social democratic historian Tony Judt passed away last weekend.  Postwar is considered his greatest work.  It is an unprecedented accomplishment: the first truly European history of contemporary Europe, from Lisbon to Leningrad, based on research in six languages, covering thirty-four countries across sixty years in a single integrated narrative, using a great deal of material from newly available sources.

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