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"Sometimes people ask me if we will have comrades after communism arrives. Given the world we inhabit, I find the ques-tion either obtusely theoretical or disingenuous—communism seems so far away, is this really your worry?... When I recognize that the question about the existence of comrades after communism comes in fact from a comrade, I can recognize and build on their hope and desire—the question presupposes that we win."(jodi Dean, Comrade)


What does "build on" mean here?

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What does "build on" mean here? To answer your question, I'd first need to know who 'their' refers to, and I can't figure that out.


I find this passage very hard to interpret. To my mind, a writer who uses elipsis and dashes in this way seems almost deliberately trying to be obscure.


I'm going to have dinner and a glass of wine with my wife, and not waste anymore of my life on this matter!


Good luck with this!

Clive