Books 7 July 2010 Slavoj Žižek on "the idea of communism" The Slovenian philosopher in full effect. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Verso Books have posted a video of the philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek on his favourite topic -- the "idea of communism". In discussion with Alex Callinicos and John Holloway at this weekend's Marxism 2010 event, he returns to a theme explored at last year's sell-out conference at Birkbeck University. Callinicos begins the meeting by emphasising the need not just for a critique of the capitalist economy, but for its complete replacement with another system of social relations: "The idea of communism is [principally] about the alternative to the idea of capitalism." "To grasp today's capitalist dynamic the logic of exploitation is no longer enough," Žižek says. "[We] need to take into account the new role as a source of wealth of raw materials, which for Marx were out of the equation... and intellectual property." You can read Žižek's writing for the NS here. Special subscription offer: Get 12 issues for £12 plus a free copy of Andy Beckett's "When the Lights Went Out" › Web Only: the best of the blogs Subscribe More Related articles How A Series Of Unfortunate Events went from a children’s book to a postmodern masterpiece Counting the ways: what Virgin and Other Stories teaches us about want What can a new book of Holocaust testimony tell us about the Third Reich?