Žižek and Communist Strategy: On the Disavowed Foundations of Global Capitalism by Chris McMillan is an academic treatise rather than a real guide to communist strategy in the era of imperialism and neoliberal globalization.
This book is another testament to the futility of Slavoj Žižek’s analysis of the contemporary situation and his recommendations for radical action. It shows how rather than basing on concrete material conditions, Žižek simply takes categories from Lacanian psychoanalysis and idiosyncratically transports its conclusions from the realm of the psyche to the realm of political economy.
Obviously such an operations makes for particularly strange conclusions… The unemployed workers, the semiproletariat in the informal economy, and slum dwellers are indeed drawn towards resistance because of their precarious social conditions. But it is simply a stretch to include all these classes into the category of the lumpen proletariat.
Much more absurd to define as revolutionary this class whose conditions of life Marx described as preparing “it far more for the part of a bribed tool of reactionary intrigue.” Or that the class struggle is not about antagonistic contradictions between definite classes based on their position in the productive system but is some sort of reflection of the Lacanian Real or as a rupture within the Symbolic Order!
Since the book starts from wishful thinking than a genuine social investigation we end up with none sense. If anything, it can still be useful as a systematization of Žižek’s uncomfortable style of writing and fragmented thoughts on the configuration of present-day capitalism and revolutionary struggle. Although, mind you, it is still difficult for those unfamiliar with Lacan.