Open‐Access Communism

13 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013

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Femke Kaulingfreks

University for Humanistic Studies

Ruud Kaulingfreks

University of Leicester

Date Written: October 2013


As the West loses its political credibility, the search has opened for alternatives to neo‐liberal parliamentary democracies, failing on their own scale of good governance. Several contemporary critical thinkers, such as Alain Badiou, turn towards a communist horizon. In this paper, we want to explore the idea of commons in contemporary Internet‐based groups, as a quest for contemporary appearances of communism in the Badiouian sense. From wiki formats to the hacktivism of Anonymous, there are various Internet‐based initiatives that are built on a philosophy of open access to all, regardless of their identity, and a horizontal, rhizomatic organisation. We think that the organisational features of these initiatives make them suitable to carry out a struggle for new, more democratic political alternatives.

Suggested Citation

Kaulingfreks, Femke and Kaulingfreks, Ruud, Open‐Access Communism (October 2013). Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 417-429, 2013. Available at SSRN: or

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Ruud Kaulingfreks

University of Leicester

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