American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army by Fredric Jameson

By Fredric Jameson

Arguable manifesto through acclaimed cultural theorist debated by means of best writers

Fredric Jameson's pathbreaking essay An American Utopia significantly questions common leftist notions of what constitutes an emancipated society. encouraged the following are—among different things—universal conscription, the whole acknowledgment of envy and resentment as a primary problem to any communist society, and the attractiveness that the department among paintings and relaxation can't be overcome.

To create a brand new global, we needs to first swap the way in which we envision the realm. Jameson's textual content is preferably put to set off a debate at the possible choices to worldwide capitalism. as well as Jameson's essay, the amount contains responses from philosophers and political and cultural analysts, in addition to an epilogue from Jameson himself.

Many may be appalled at what they are going to come upon in those pages—there should be blood! yet probably one has to spill such (ideological) blood to offer the Left a chance.

Contributing are Kim Stanley Robinson, Jodi Dean, Saroj Giri, Agon Hamza, Kojin Karatani, Frank Ruda, Alberto Toscano, Kathi Weeks, and Slavoj Žižek.

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But as the state is the privileged subject matter of political theory, we must abandon political theory as well. I return therefore to the proposition that it is population which is both the conceptual and the social scandal: that philosophically fearful thing called the “Other” which has haunted modern thought in recent years is in reality plural, and it is population as such that constitutes otherness. Not overpopulation, as Malthus thought; not underpopulation, as the early-twentieth-century French thought (along with other countries today); but simply sheer plurality and multiplicity.

In fact, no one wants a state any longer, failed or not; all the factions are united in denouncing it. But as the state is the privileged subject matter of political theory, we must abandon political theory as well. I return therefore to the proposition that it is population which is both the conceptual and the social scandal: that philosophically fearful thing called the “Other” which has haunted modern thought in recent years is in reality plural, and it is population as such that constitutes otherness.

I give a quick example of its insufficiencies before moving on. Recently, the old untenable notion of underdevelopment—unsatisfactory because, as Robert Kurz showed, it implies that development and so-called modernity are still possible—has been succeeded with a new slogan, namely that of the “failed state”: a pseudo-concept which really cannot be blamed on the neocons inasmuch as it is today the basis of everyone’s foreign policy. This expression is all the more ridiculous in light of the fact that today all states are failed states, very much including this one (the United States).

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