Comrade Class with Jodi Dean pt. 2: Four theses on the comrade

May 5, 2020

There are times when solidarity appears more important than ever. When things are tough, we need comrades who will have our backs. This three-part course examines political solidarity by focusing on comradeship as the relation between those on the same side of a political struggle. Taught by political theorist and organizer Jodi Dean, this course draws on ideas developed in her recent book, Comrade: An essay on political belonging (Verso, 2019), and discusses what it means to be a comrade, the difference between comrades and allies, the importance of comrades for political struggle, and how to maintain comradeship.

Each class is facilitated by Nino Brown, and begins with a lecture by Dean, which is followed by a moderated question and answer period.

This second class, which was recorded on April 8, 2020, examines the relations entailed in comradeship. Comrade names a relation of equality; one that is open and flexible but predicated on taking a side in the class struggle; one that is different from (but not irreconcilable with) friendship, citizenship, and identity; and one that is organized around fighting for a communist future.

The reading for the class can be found here.

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