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Time For Politics: A Temporalized Democracy

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This chapter looks at the 'political pessimism' effect of postmodern thought on the Left , an effect Fredric Jameson saw as the 'eliminating [of] any memory trace' that could envision other political possibilities to a dominant neoliberal globalization. The political pessimism that emerged over the 1980s and 1990s as a result of the rise to dominance of the postmodern worldview, led to an atrophying of the Left and a diminishment of the intellectual power of Marxism, of social democracy and of the concomitant analytical framework of political economy with which to reveal some of the most important dynamics of neoliberal globalization-those of computerization and the social acceleration that derives from it. The chapter discusses the contemporary period as being 'postmodern', or as being characterized by a spirit or feeling of 'postmodernity'.

Keywords: Marxism; neoliberal globalization; political pessimism; postmodernity; social democracy



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