Leninism



LeninismIn This Volume, Neil Harding Presents The First Comprehensive Reinterpretation Of Leninism To Be Produced In Many Years Challenging Much Of The Conventional Wisdom Regarding Leninism S Effectiveness As A Mobilizing Body Of Ideas, Its Substance, And Its Origins And Evolution, Harding Offers Both A Controversial Exposition Of This Ideology And A Critical Engagement With Its Consequences For The Politics Of Contemporary CommunismRather Than Tracing The Roots Of Leninism To The Details Of Lenin S Biography, Harding Shows How It Emerged As A Revolutionary Marxist Response To The First World War And To The Perceived Treachery The Support Of That War By Social Democratic Leaders The Economics, Politics, And Philosophy Of Leninism, He Argues, Were Rapidly Theorized Between And And Deeply Imprinted With The Peculiarities Of The Wartime Experience Its Complementary Metaphysics Of History And Science Was As Intrinsic To Its Confidence And Sureness Of Purpose As It Was To Its Contempt For Democratic Practice And Tolerance But, As Harding Also Shows, Although Leninism Articulated A Complex And Coherent Critique Of Capitalist Civilization And Held A Powerful Appeal To A Variety Of Constituencies, It Was Itself Caught In A Timewarp That Fatally Limited Its Capacity To Adapt This Book Will Engage Not Only Russian And Soviet Specialists, But Also Readers Concerned With The Varieties Of Twentieth Century Socialism

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  • Paperback
  • 356 pages
  • Leninism
  • Neil Harding
  • English
  • 28 May 2018
  • 0822318679

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  1. Casey Wellock says:

    This was a fitting place to end my tour through Lenin country It s a short summary and extension of Neil Harding s other book Lenin s Political Thought Lenin s Political Thought was overlong and put strange emphasis on a few things like the Worker s and Peasant s Inspectorate This was a check Lenin tried to put in place on the growing bureaucracy at the end of his life Oh no Harding also placed special emphasis on State and Revolution and the soviet form as a wholly original contribution to This was a fitting place to end my tour through Lenin country It s a short summary and extension of Neil Harding s other book Lenin s Political Thought Lenin s Political Thought was overlong and put strange emphasis on a few things like the Worker s and Peasant s Inspectorate This was a check Lenin tried to put in place on the growing bureaucracy at the end of his life Oh no Harding also placed special emphasis on State and Revolution and the soviet form as a wholly original contribution to Marxism To me disenfranchising wealthy people begged too many questions Not to say in 1917 every country had a broad electorate.In Leninism, Neil Harding shifts focus to a different text Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism This book dealt with the rivalry of imperial powers due to the advent of state monopoly capitalism The war this rivalry generates and the concentration of capital into large cartels is supposed to make easier the transition to socialism In spinning this prophesy, Lenin makes clear that any socialists unwilling to take advantage of the contradictions inherent in this late stage of capitalism are traitors Framing Leninism from this standpoint of an orthodox marxist reaction to The Great War and revisionism was a neat move in my mind After all, it was the war that propelled Lenin to power This is not to say Imperialism would be a fun read, I sincerely doubt it sintriguing than State and Revolution Harding s case to me seems to be that it is justsignificant than State and Revolution for the formulation of Leninism.The two chapters prior to the conclusion are probably his most original contributions to understanding Leninism The former is on how the philosophy of Dialectical Materialism informed Lenin s politics This is kind of darkly funny Lenin s note taking on Hegel who I ve heard is a little bit difficult to understand The practical import was that it privileged the role of the intelligentsia in determining nodal lines no I m not joking from which point revolutionary change would emerge This idea of mastering a new science that would reveal the trajectory of the future allegedly contributed to Leninism s rigidity and refusal to accommodate itself to rival or complementary ideas.The other chapter I thought was especially original was on the continuity of Leninism to Stalinism Harding weighs in surprisingly aggressively in favor of there being great continuity He maintains that Leninism s rejection of so much of previous Western political thought as misguided and irredeemably bourgeois helped create a society with neither the vocabulary nor the forums through which a stand against the arbitrary power of persons could even be challenged This is the book for anyone interested in a major ideology of the 20th century or Lenin

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