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An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army, Jameson, Fredric

An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army

Authors: Jameson, Fredric
Publisher: Verso Books
BISAC/Subject: PHI019000, LIT006000, PHI040000
ISBN: 9781784784546, Related ISBNs: 1784784524, 1784784532, 1784784540, 9781784784522, 9781784784539
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 336
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Controversial manifesto by acclaimed cultural theorist debated by leading writers

Fredric Jameson’s pathbreaking essay “An American Utopia” radically questions standard leftist notions of what constitutes an emancipated society. Advocated here are—among other things—universal conscription, the full acknowledgment of envy and resentment as a fundamental challenge to any communist society, and the acceptance that the division between work and leisure cannot be overcome. To create a new world, we must first change the way we envision the world. Jameson’s text is ideally placed to trigger a debate on the alternatives to global capitalism. In addition to Jameson’s essay, the volume includes responses from philosophers and political and cultural analysts, as well as an epilogue from Jameson himself.

Many will be appalled at what they will encounter in these pages—there will be blood! But perhaps one has to spill such (ideological) blood to give the Left a chance.

Contributing are Kim Stanley Robinson, Jodi Dean, Saroj Giri, Agon Hamza, Kojin Karatani, Frank Ruda, Alberto Toscano, Kathi Weeks, and Slavoj Žižek.

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