The Communist Horizon

Rising thinker on the resurgence of the communist idea.

In this new title in Verso’s Pocket Communism series, Jodi Dean unshackles the communist ideal from the failures of the Soviet Union. In an age when the malfeasance of international banking has alerted exploited populations the world over to the unsustainability of an economic system predicated on perpetual growth, it is time the left ended its melancholic accommodation with capitalism.

In the new capitalism of networked information technologies, our very ability to communicate is exploited, but revolution is still possible if we organize on the basis of our common and collective desires. Examining the experience of the Occupy movement, Dean argues that such spontaneity can’t develop into a revolution and it needs to constitute itself as a party.

An innovative work of pressing relevance, The Communist Horizon offers nothing less than a manifesto for a new collective politics.


  • “This is what everyone engaged in today’s struggles for emancipation needs: a unique combination of theoretical stringency and a realistic assessment of our predicament. To anyone who continues to dwell in illusions about liberal democracy, one should simply say: read Jodi Dean’s new book!”
  • “Jodi’s sharp analysis of the impasses of the left is also a kind of requiem for much of the 2.0 bluster of the last decade.”


  • Communist Currents symposium at Cornell University

    On November 2nd, Cornell University is hosting an all-day symposium on Communist Currents.  Panelists will put forward radical interventions on a range of issues from governance in Venezuela to the salience of BRICS rhetoric.  

    In addition, Verso authors Jodi DeanBruno Bosteels, will be chairing panels, and Alberto Toscano is set to present a paper. 

    The event is sponsored by the Society for the Humanities, with additional support from the Department of Government, Department of History, and the Program in French Studies. 

    Check out the full schedule here.
  • "One Eye on the Horizon - The Condition of Communism"

    Let's talk about horizons - communist horizons. Because they seem to have a particular allure. Especially if we listen to Joseph G. Ramsey who, apart from discussing what is so appealing about these specifically communist horizons, also gives Jodi Dean's neat manifesto The Communist Horizon meticulous praise in a recent article at Counterpunch.

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  • Books of the Year - As Chosen by Verso

    In between publishing the works of Žižek and plotting ways to destroy capitalism, many of us at Verso occasionally like to read books.

    As usual we were stunned by how little the newspaper's books of the year seemed to represent our own reading so we gathered together our own top books of 2012 (and beyond) and the resulting list is a refreshing reminder of just how lively much of the independent publishing scene is.

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