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.


  • “One of the most significant books in recent critical theory to theorize a powerful leftist politics. Its spirit and argument are energizing,and Dean’s analysis is likely to intensify desires for transnational solidarity toward ending exploitation. The book’s message is especially important in the present moment, when so many people despair over their political and economic powerlessness.”
  • “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.”


  • First Annual Red Day Flash Sale!

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    It's the first iteration of Verso's made up holiday - RED DAY! - where we're celebrating the efforts of our comrades around the world with a one day super sale of our 'red' literature.

    Check out our selection below - all 50% off with FREE shipping and bundled ebooks where available until midnight ET tonight!

    These books are sure to keep the revolutionary spirit alive in you!

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  • Verso's Holiday Gift Guide - radicalize the loved ones in your life!

    We know how hard it is to shop for gifts for your parents, or your sister's fiancé, or that anti-social co-worker you picked for secret santa. So we've made it easy with our top picks from the Verso catalog for everyone in your life.

    Plus every title is 50% off with FREE shipping for the rest of December!

    For more inspiration check out our FREE e-book sampler with highlights from our 2014 list, including pieces from Arundhati Roy, Benjamin Kunkel, Gabriella Coleman, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Shlomo Sand, Walter Benjamin and Slavoj Žižek.


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  • 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.

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