Stalinist Realism and Open Communism: Malignant Mirror or Free Association

Capitalism as a global system of rule that tells us that there is no alternative, and this is accompanied by its terrible twin, ‘stalinist realism’ that works its way into ideas about political camps, bodies, identity and organisation. Ian Parker provides an analysis and an alternative, ‘open communism’ that is democratic and plural, and which must be built now.

by Ian Parker

ISBN: 978-0-902869-27-1 (print)
ISBN: 978-0-902869-26-4 (e-book)

RRP: £5 €6, $7 (print)
Publication date: 1 October 2022

98 pages; 178x102mm


  • Stalinism
  • Camps
  • Bodies
  • Identity
  • Organisation
  • Freedom
  • Commons
  • Intersections
  • Plurality
  • Transitions

Ian Parker is a practicing psychoanalyst in Manchester and a revolutionary Marxist. He also writes, and his books include Socialisms: Revolutions Betrayed, Mislaid and Unmade (2020: Resistance Books), with the Mexican revolutionary David Pavón-Cuéllar, Psychoanalysis and Revolution: Critical Psychology for Liberation Movements (2021: 1968 Press), and Radical Psychoanalysis and Anti-Capitalist Action (2022: Resistance Books).

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