Now that revolution is, on the one hand, associated with the failure of the twentieth-century socialist revolutions and, on the other hand, embraced as a marketing slogan by the “dynamic” sectors of capitalism, what is the efficacy of revolution? What form of Marxism is most adequate for building a genuine democracy, and for opposing and working against capitalism in its current form? To what extent can anarchism be a resource in constructing new “universals” that are attentive to and open to difference? Building a new society from the bottom up offers the best prospects for a better future, and this will take new strategic and theoretical resources
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Before his untimely death late in 2017, Arif Dirlik lived in Eugene, Oregon, in semi-retirement. In recent years, he held chairs and visiting professorships in Vancouver, Delhi, and Beijing, and maintained until the end, in scholarship and critical practice, his unwavering commitment to a better world. He mentored several generations of radical intellectuals in several continents, and his work on Chinese anarchism and revolution, postcolonial theory, globalization, and other topics has been translated into many languages. Hougeming shidaide Zhongguo (Postrevolutionary China, a translation of Culture and History in Post-Revolutionary China) was published in Shanghai in 2015.
Arif Dirlik; The Long Revolution. boundary 2 1 May 2019; 46 (2): 19–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-7496972
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