Change the World without Taking Power

Change the World without Taking Power : The Meaning of Revolution Today

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The series of demonstrations since Seattle have crystallized a new trend in left-wing politics. Popular support across the world for the Zapatista uprising and the enthusiasm which it has inspired has led to new types of protest movement that ground their actions on both Marxism and Anarchism. These movements are fighting for radical social change in terms that have nothing to do with the taking of state power. This is in clear opposition to the traditional Marxist theory of revolution which centres on taking state power. In this book, John Holloway asks how we can reformulate our understanding of revolution as the struggle against power, not for power. After a century of failed attempts by revolutionary and reformist movements to bring about radical social change, the concept of revolution itself is in crisis. Holloway opens up the theoretical debate, reposing some of the basic concepts of Marxism in a critical development of the subversive Marxist tradition represented by Adorno, Bloch and Lukacs, amongst others, and grounded in a rethinking of Marx's concept of "fetishization" - how doing is transfomed into being. The struggle for radical change, Holloway argues, is becoming more embedded in our everyday lives. Revolution today must be understood as a question, not as an more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 454g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745318649
  • 9780745318646

Table of contents

The scream; beyond the state?; beyond power?; fetishism - the tragic dilemma; fetishism and fetishization; ant-fetishism and criticism; the tradition of scientific Marxism; the critical-revolutionary subject; the material reality of anti-power; the material reality of anti-power and the crisis of capital; revolution?show more

About John Holloway

John Holloway is professor in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla and lectures at the University of Edinburgh. He is the co-editor of Zapatista: Reinventing Revolution in Mexico, also available from Pluto more

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