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Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth, sic vii

edited by Sebastian Budgen, Stathis Kouvelakis and Slavoj Zizek
translated by David Fernbach

Duke University Press, 2007


eISBN: 978-0-8223-8955-2

OA eISBN: 978-1-4780-9140-0

Cloth: 978-0-8223-3929-8

Paper: 978-0-8223-3941-0

About the Book
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

About the Author

Sebastian Budgen is a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism and a coeditor (with Chiara Bonfiglioli) of La planete altermondialiste.

Stathis Kouvelakis teaches political theory at King’s College London. His books include Philosophy and Revolution: From Kant to Marx and Dictionnaire Marx Contemporain (coedited with J. Bidet). He is an editor of the French journal Contretemps.

Slavoj Žižek is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His many books include Theology and the Political: The New Debate (coedited with Creston Davis and John Milbank), Cogito and the Unconscious, and Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology, all also published by Duke University Press.

“[Lenin Reloaded] will surely be of relevance for those socialists who wish to link our struggles within capitalism to the goals of the broader movement against capitalism. For this reason, the editors of Lenin Reloaded are to be congratulated, and every reader of this journal should consider buying and reading it. . . .”

-- Paul Blackledge Capital & Class

“The mixture of voices makes for a stimulating anthology. . . .”

-- Scott McLemee Bookforum

“This collection of essays is recommended, not just because of the quality of the various contributions, but above all because Lenin’s philosophical interventions have been largely neglected and ignored since Althusser.”

-- Liam O’Ruairc Radical Philosophy

[sic] Series, Socialism, Marxian economics, 1870-1924, Lenin Vladimir Ilʹich, Lenin Vladimir Il§ich, Capitalism, Semiotics & Theory, Politics, Literary Criticism
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