New COUNTERPRESS Publication: The Proletariat Reloaded

by | 29 Nov 2021


Jon Mazzalini

This book is an important and original attempt to overcome the opposition between Marxism and anarchism, a rift that opened up with the First International in the nineteenth century and has to this day never had a chance to heal. Today, we are simply overwhelmed by events. Yet radical political theory lacks an adequate way of responding to them. The wager of this book is that by bringing together Marxian and anarchist strands of thought — through Badiou’s category of the Event — we can once again meet the challenges of the present in a manner worthy of the name ‘radical politics.’

— Saul Newman, Professor of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Jon Mazzalini carefully reconstructs the development of Badiou’s thought and thus makes the mature Badiou — certainly one of the most influential living philosophers — wholly comprehensible. Still more importantly, Mazzalini offers a highly original reading of Badiou, contending that his work unwittingly shares much ground with postanarchism, and in particular with the writings of Saul Newman. This is a fascinating approach, which is of great interest both to those who are new to Badiou or postanarchism, and to those who are more familiar with either system of thought. Mazzalini convincingly and with great clarity places the whole of his own argument in the context of progressive struggles of the early twenty-first century, and thus makes this book of real relevance to lived political experiences.

— Nick Hewlett, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick

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