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    DescriptionNovember 9, 2009, will mark twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the monumental event that signalled the beginning of the end of Communism in the former Soviet Union. Why was this collapse of Communism considered final, while the many failures of capitalism are considered temporary and episodic? In "The 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' 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 reevaluation, Ali argues that a new form of socialism and global planning is vital to save the planet from capitalist and environmental degradation.


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    Title
    The Idea of Communism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tariq Ali
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 121 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 232 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781906497262
    ISBN 10: 1906497265
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.2
    BIC subject category V2: JPFC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 335.43, 320.532
    Abridged Dewey: 335
    BISAC V2.8: POL005000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: HX44 .A4597 2009
    Thema V1.0: JPFC
    Publisher
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    15 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Greenford
    Author Information
    Tariq Ali is a writer, filmmaker, and a longtime 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, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Axis of Hope - as well as five novels and scripts for both stage and screen.
    Review quote
    "Ali broadens our horizons, geographically, historically, intellectually, and politically. His mode of history telling is lyrical and engaging, humane, and passionate." - Nation"