Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism (2009) and Ghosts Of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (2014). His writing has appeared in many publications, including The Wire, Frieze, The Guardian and Film Quarterly. He is Programme Leader of the MA in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and a lecturer at the University of East London. He has also produced two acclaimed audio-essays in collaboration with Justin Barton:londonunderlondon (2005) and On Vanishing Land (2013).
The cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator is best known to the English-speaking world for his translations of the work of Alain Badiou. He is a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Toscano’s own work has been described both as an investigation of the persistence of the idea of communism in contemporary thought and a genealogical inquiry into the concept of fanaticism.
The American political theorist teaches in Geneva, New York. Her writing focuses on the contemporary space and possibility of politics. Dean’s book "The Communist Horizon“ was published in 2012 (Verso).
The English activist and writer was a leading figure in the student revolt of 2010-11. He has recently been involved in setting up the “Anticapitalist Initiative”, a new, pluralist activist network to facilitate practice-informed debate on the future of radical politics.
The American novelist is a co-founder of the journal “n+1”. In 2005, Kunkel published his critically-acclaimed novel "Indecision“. His writing has appeared in papers and magazines like “The New York Times”, “The New Yorker”, “The London Review of Books” and “The Nation”. Kunkel’s new book “Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the present crisis” was published earlier this year.
The American political economist served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.Reich is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published 14 books, including the best-sellers, “The Work of Nations”, “Reason”, “Supercapitalism”, “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future”.
Communism is alive and kicking. One has to live in a bubble of privilege or ignorance not to notice.
Communism cannot be revived. But a new revolution against the oppressive capitalist system is coming – we just have to recognize it.
The only thing that keeps capitalism in place is the fearfulness of the Left. But an alternative scenario is not only necessary, it is also possible.
Unless a complex order distinct from liberal capitalism becomes conceivable for masses of people, the left can only propose a leap in the dark. But a movement with no imaginable design in view is unlikely to win the strength to accomplish the unimaginable.