By Fredric Jameson
Arguable manifesto via acclaimed cultural theorist debated by means of top writers
Fredric Jameson's pathbreaking essay An American Utopia greatly questions average leftist notions of what constitutes an emancipated society. endorsed right here are—among different things—universal conscription, the total acknowledgment of envy and resentment as a basic problem to any communist society, and the recognition that the department among paintings and relaxation can't be overcome.
To create a brand new international, we needs to first switch the way in which we envision the area. Jameson's textual content is preferably positioned to set off a debate at the possible choices to worldwide capitalism. as well as Jameson's essay, the amount comprises responses from philosophers and political and cultural analysts, in addition to an epilogue from Jameson himself.
Many may be appalled at what they're going to come across in those pages—there could be blood! yet might be one has to spill such (ideological) blood to provide 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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I suggest that rather than religion it is the fetish as such that provides social cohesion in those instances in which the latter has been possible: the American Constitution, the French conception of the Republic, the Japanese imperial system, certain repressed national languages—these are so many examples of fetishes which have proved more successful than the usual forms of patriotism and dynastic succession, and any possibility for the emergence of a second system of power alongside the first, established and official one, will need to draw on the power of just such a fetish.
This volume brings together Jameson’s pathbreaking text, especially revised for this edition, with an original short story by Kim Stanley Robinson that plays upon some of Jameson’s motifs, philosophers’ and political and cultural analysts’ reactions to Jameson, and Jameson’s short epilogue. Although the reactions are often critical toward Jameson, they all agree on the need to radically rethink the leftist project. Many leftists (and especially “leftists”) will definitely be appalled at what they encounter in this volume—there will be blood, to quote the title of a well-known film.
I give a quick example of its insufficiencies before moving on. Recently, the old untenable notion of underdevelopment—unsatisfactory because, as Robert Kurz showed, it implies that development and so-called modernity are still possible—has been succeeded with a new slogan, namely that of the “failed state”: a pseudo-concept which really cannot be blamed on the neocons inasmuch as it is today the basis of everyone’s foreign policy. This expression is all the more ridiculous in light of the fact that today all states are failed states, very much including this one (the United States).