Review Articles / Historical Materialism 19.3 (2011) 157–175 157 Lenin Reloaded: Towards a Politics of Truth , edited by Sebastian Budgen, Stathis Kouvelakis and Slavoj Žižek, Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, 2007 Abstract This review looks back at Lenin Reloaded: Towards a Politics of Truth , the 2007 collection of essays from Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, Fredric Jameson, Sylvain Lazarus, Terry Eagleton, and others. Taking up the volume’s central questions, it moves through the problems posed explicitly and implicitly by an attempt to think the ﬁgure and politics of Lenin today. In so doing, the review takes on the Leninist conception of history and revolution, the position of dialectics as description and as method, the rôle of the partisan, the debate about voluntarism, and the status of the party as historical and contemporary form. Keywords Lenin, dialectics, party, voluntarism, Žižek, Jameson, Badiou Lenin undead On 25 June 1935, Leon Trotsky dreamed of Lenin. Not Lenin in the past, when he was alive, but Lenin undead in the present, unaware that he had died. And in the dream, Trotsky could not bring himself to remind his comrade of that unfortunate fact. For many on the Left, the ﬁgure of
Historical Materialism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Lenin; Jameson; voluntarism; party; Badiou; Žižek; dialectics
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