9781906497262

The Idea of Communism

by
  • ISBN13:

    9781906497262

  • ISBN10:

    1906497265

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $13.79 Save up to $2.07
  • Buy New
    $11.72

    IN STOCK USUALLY SHIPS IN 24-48 HOURS

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.

Summary

November 9, 2009 will mark 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the monumental event that signaled the beginning of the end of Communism in the former Soviet Union. Yet, why was this collapse of Communism considered final, but the many failures of capitalism are considered temporary and episodic? InThe Idea of Communism, Tariq Ali addresses this very question. The idea of Communism, argues Ali, was simple and noble.The Communist Manifesto, which advocated the creation of a society based on the principle of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" rather than a system based on greed and profit, appealed to millions all over the globe. However, Ali argues that the vision of society adumbrated by the founders of Communism was a far cry from what became known as actually existing socialism in the Soviet Union and China. The Communist system that developed ignored Engels's belief that a workers' movement and its victory were inconceivable without freedom of the press and assembly. This freedom, Engels insisted, "is the air it needs to breathe. Here, in a thought-provoking re-evaluation, Ali argues that a new form of socialism and global planning is vital to save the planet from capitalist and environmental degradation.

Author Biography

Tariq Ali is a writer, filmmaker, and a long-time political activist and campaigner. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics—including The Clash of Fundamentalisms, Bush in Babylon, Rough Music, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Axis of Hope—as well as five novels and scripts for both stage and screen.

Rewards Program

Write a Review