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By Fredric Jameson

Debatable manifesto by way of acclaimed cultural theorist debated by means of top writers

Fredric Jameson's pathbreaking essay An American Utopia notably questions regular leftist notions of what constitutes an emancipated society. encouraged the following are—among different things—universal conscription, the entire acknowledgment of envy and resentment as a primary problem to any communist society, and the popularity that the department among paintings and relaxation can't be overcome.

To create a brand new global, we needs to first switch the way in which we envision the realm. Jameson's textual content is preferably put to set off a debate at the choices to worldwide capitalism. as well as Jameson's essay, the quantity contains responses from philosophers and political and cultural analysts, in addition to an epilogue from Jameson himself.

Many might be appalled at what they'll come upon in those pages—there could be blood! yet might be one has to spill such (ideological) blood to offer 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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This is indeed very precisely the strategy I propose, the recipe for a new form of dual power. Indeed, confirmation comes to us from the far future, in a news report from the future by Terry Bisson: “August 3, 2076. New Veterans Day. Invoking her power as Commander-in-Chief, President Junni inducts 228 million ‘draftees’ into the National Guard. ”3 I will only add that this bulletin suggests emergency powers already in the power of the president, without any need for congressional debate and approval.

Can these developments be dated or periodized in some way? I have always been tempted to mark the end of utopian production with Ernest Callenbach’s great Ecotopia of 1975, a work whose most serious flaw, from today’s standpoint, is the absence of electronic or informational technology. Maybe the utopian form, then, cannot integrate such technology, or maybe on the other hand the Internet itself has soaked up many of the available utopian fantasy impulses. Or was it the triumph of Reagan-Thatcher financial deregulation in the late 1970s and early 1980s that spelled the end of utopian thinking, at the same time that it seemed to seal the victory of late capitalism over all imaginable, let alone practicable, alternatives?

Thus, it would seem, neither of Gramsci’s celebrated alternatives—the war of maneuver and the war of position—seem any longer theoretically or practically adequate to the present situation. 1 The phrase is, of course, associated with Lenin and his description of the coexistence of the provisional government and the network of soviets, or workers’ and soldiers’ councils, in 1917—a genuine transitional period if there ever was one—but it has also existed in numerous other forms of interest to us today.

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