The belief of a Lenin renaissance may possibly good impress an outburst of sarcastic laughter. Marx is fine, yet Lenin? Doesn’t he stand for the massive disaster which left its mark at the whole twentieth-century?
Lenin, even if, merits wider attention than this, and his writings of 1917 are testomony to an impressive political determine. They demonstrate his skill to understand the importance of a unprecedented second in background. every thing is right here, from Lenin-the-ingenious-revolutionary-strategist to Lenin-of-the-enacted-utopia. to exploit Kierkegaard’s word, what we will be able to glimpse in those writings is Lenin-in-becoming: no longer but Lenin-the-Soviet-institution, yet Lenin thrown into an open, contingent situation.
In Revolution on the Gates, Slavoj Žižek locates the 1917 writings of their ancient context, whereas his afterword tackles the most important query of even if Lenin may be reinvented in our period of “cultural capitalism.” Žižek is confident that, regardless of the discussion—the drawing close challenge of capitalism, the potential for a redemptive violence, the falsity of liberal tolerance—Lenin’s time has get back.