In contrast to more orthodox visions that have tended to define communism as the satisfaction of needs through the centralized planning of markets, Raúl Prada sets out to analyze communism as “the real movement that abolished the present state of things.” This alternative vision of communism must start, then, from an analysis of the multitudinous actualization of community and collective forms—the constituent and creative matrix—of the revolts that have occurred in Bolivia and throughout Latin America in the last two decades. From this perspective, it becomes evident that it is within these movements that new horizons of visibility—new concepts—have been produced, forcing us to rethink the relation between philosophy and social movements and, alternatively, to propose a philosophy of social movements. In other words, this essay concludes by foregrounding the following questions: How do multitudes think? What is a collective thinking? We are accustomed to attributing thought to the subject and to circumscribing self-consciousness to the individual, but where does this leave us regarding the collective act of creating concepts?
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Raúl Prada Alcoreza; When Communism Becomes Flesh. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2012; 111 (1): 65–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-1472594
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