Brecht's Communist Manifesto Today: Poetry, Utopia, Doctrine
The task of a communist manifesto has always been to expose the untruth of anti-utopia, of the proclamation that there was history, but there is no more. It reveals the actual possibility of barbarei the immanent dystopia in the present state of things, and it bears witness to the spectre or utopia that the anti-utopians seek to exorcise, and that, as Brecht tells us, speaks in many tongues , while in many it holds its tongue.
What Bertolt Brecht endeavoured to do in his unfinished attempt to versify the Communist Manifesto was, as Darko Suvin puts, to deautomatise it, saving the key lessons from its formal ossification and ritualisation in political and theoretical practices of the mainstreamed left, while smuggling in new questions . In Brecht s own words, he wanted to renew the propagandistic efficacy of the Communist Manifesto and to lend it new, fortified authority.
26. May 2023.
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