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East Winds: Presentation and Theory of the comrade

Jaime Vindel, Marcelo Expósito, Jodi Dean

2/03/2018
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Fons audiovisual / Lectures and debates

East Winds: Future Communisms
- Presentation of the seminar by Jaime Vindel and Marcelo Expósito.
- Theory of the comrade by Jodi Dean.

Theory of the comrade
As the philosophy of the proletariat, Marxism holds out the promise and possibility of
new forms of relationship, new ways of being human. In the place of capitalist exploitation and inequality, Marxism dares us to struggle to end hierarchy and domination and begin new relations of comradeship and solidarity. My remarks focus on the comrade as a term of address, figure of political relation and carrier of expectations for action. It presents four theses on the comrade, emphasising the genericity and interchangeability of the comrade. It argues that this genericity, the sameness of those on the same side, provides a way through the impasse of systems and survivors prominent on the contemporary left.

Jodi Dean is Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.

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