The revolutionary imperative

Neil Smith

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In the last three decades in the advanced capitalist world, the idea of revolution has largely slipped from political view. The neoliberal moment seemed to smother any political possibility other than capitalism, but with that historical phase now itself fading, it may be a good time to revive the idea of revolution if for no other reason than that revolutions do happen. Certainly, the political right is concerned about the possibility of revolts resulting from the social privation resulting, in turn, from the global economic crisis. This essay attempts to explore and reanimate the notion of revolution, both historically and in the present context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-65
Number of pages16
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


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