Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth, sic vii

Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth, sic vii

by Sebastian Budgen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822339412

ISBN-13: 9780822339410

Pub. Date: 06/11/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Lenin Reloaded is a rallying call by some of the world’s leading Marxist intellectuals for renewed attention to the significance of Vladimir Lenin. The volume’s editors explain that it was Lenin who made Karl Marx’s thought explicitly political, who extended it beyond the confines of Europe, who put it into practice. They contend that a

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Lenin Reloaded is a rallying call by some of the world’s leading Marxist intellectuals for renewed attention to the significance of Vladimir Lenin. The volume’s editors explain that it was Lenin who made Karl Marx’s thought explicitly political, who extended it beyond the confines of Europe, who put it into practice. They contend that a focus on Lenin is urgently needed now, when global capitalism appears to be the only game in town, the liberal-democratic system seems to have been settled on as the optimal political organization of society, and it has become easier to imagine the end of the world than a modest change in the mode of production. Lenin retooled Marx’s thought for specific historical conditions in 1914, and Lenin Reloaded urges a reinvention of the revolutionary project for the present. Such a project would be Leninist in its commitment to action based on truth and its acceptance of the consequences that follow from action.

These essays, some of which are appearing in English for the first time, bring Lenin face-to-face with the problems of today, including war, imperialism, the imperative to build an intelligentsia of wage earners, the need to embrace the achievements of bourgeois society and modernity, and the widespread failure of social democracy. Lenin Reloaded demonstrates that truth and partisanship are not mutually exclusive as is often suggested. Quite the opposite—in the present, truth can be articulated only from a thoroughly partisan position.

Contributors. Kevin B. Anderson, Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Daniel Bensaïd, Sebastian Budgen, Alex Callinicos, Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Stathis Kouvelakis, Georges Labica, Sylvain Lazarus, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Lars T. Lih, Domenico Losurdo, Savas Michael-Matsas, Antonio Negri, Alan Shandro, Slavoj Žižek

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ISBN-13:
9780822339410
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/11/2007
Series:
[sic] Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.13(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Repeating Lenin / Sebastian Budgen, Stathis Kouvelakis, and Slavoj Zizek 1

Part 1: Retrieving Lenin

1. One Divides Itself into Two / Alain Badiou 7

2. Leninism in the Twenty-first Century?: Lenin, Weber, and the Politics of Responsibility / Alex Callinicos 18

3. Lenin in the Postmodern Age / Terry Eagleton 42

4. Lenin and Revisionism / Fredric Jameson 59

5. A Leninist Gesture Today: Against the Populist Temptation / Slavoj Zizek 74

Part 2: Lenin in Philosophy

6. Lenin and the Path of Dialectics / Savas Michael-Matsas 101

7. The Rediscovery and Persistence of the Dialectic in Philosophy and in World Politics / Kevin B. Anderson 120

8. “Leaps! Leaps! Leaps!” / Daniel Bensaid 148

9. Lenin as Reader of Hegel: Hypotheses for a Reading of Lenin’s Notebooks on Hegel’s “The Science of Logic” / Stathis Kouvelakis 164

Part 3: War and Imperialism

10. The Philosophical Moment in Politics Determined by War: Lenin 1914-16 / Etienne Balibar 207

11. From Imperialism to Globalization / Georges Labica 222

12. Lenin and Herrenvolk Democracy / Domenico Losurdo 239

Part 4: Politics and its Subject

13. Lenin and the Part, 1902-November 1917 / Sylvian Lazarus 255

14. Lenin the Just, or Marxism Unrecycled / Jean-Jacques Lecercle 269

15. Lenin and the Great Awakening / Lars T. Lih 283

16. What to Do Today with What Is to Be Done?, or Rather: The Body of the General Intellect / Antonio Negri 297

17. Lenin and Hegemony: The Soviets, the Working Class, and the Party in the Revolution of 1905 / Alan Shandro 308

Contributors 333

Index 335

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