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No path but revolution: Introducing the Communist Manifesto.


There are so many jobs now under these conditions of complete isolation determined by the whims of the bosses, the owners and the market. People feeling like there's nothing they can do except comply with the demands to work whenever they can. It reminds me of Marx's descriptions in the Manifesto, and Capital, of work before it was organized. I hope young people as they come to the Manifesto for the first time will recognize this describes our lives, their lives.

Political theorist Jodi Dean explains why the revolutionary argument of the Communist Manifesto is more relevant than ever - as work becomes less organized and capitalism advances into our modes of communication - and how the path laid out by Marx and Engels 169 years ago still stretches before us, as promise and target.

Jodi wrote the introduction to a new edition of The Communist Manifesto from Pluto Press.

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Jodi Dean

Jodi Dean is a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


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