The Idea of Communism
By Tariq Ali
Seagull Press 2009, 126 pages
This short book is the first in a series called “What Was Communism”, which aims to explore the practice of Communism in the 20th century.
Tariq Ali’s main thesis is that “The failure of official Communism in the 20th century and the restoration of capitalism in Russia and China … far from negating some of the premises that underlined the project in the first place, emphasises their continuing importance”.