Factory of Strategy: Thirty-Three Lessons on Lenin by Antonio Negri

By Antonio Negri

Arianna Bove (tr.)

Factory of technique is the final of Antonio Negri's significant political works to be translated into English. Rigorous and available, it really is either a scientific inquiry into the improvement of Lenin's inspiration and an encapsulation of a severe shift in Negri's theoretical trajectory.

Lenin is the one famous baby-kisser of the fashionable period to noticeably query the "withering away" and "extinction" of the country, and prefer Marx, he well-known the hyperlink among capitalism and sleek sovereignty and the necessity to damage capitalism and reconfigure the country. Negri refrains from portraying Lenin as a ferocious dictator implementing the poor's reappropriation of wealth, nor does he depict him as an insignificant army device of a forefront against the ancien régime. Negri as a substitute champions Leninism's skill to evolve to diversified working-class compositions in Russia, China, Latin the US, and in other places. He argues that Lenin constructed a brand new political determine in and past modernity and an efficient association in a position to soaking up diverse ancient stipulations. Negri eventually urges readers to acknowledge the common program of Leninism this day and its capability to institutionally -- no longer anarchically -- dismantle centralized power.

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This ebook on Lenin becomes a progressive textual content, right into a real handbook of resistance.

(Slavoj Žižek, writer of dwelling finally Times)

There are many Lenins: during this intriguing synthesis, with its emphasis on philosophy in addition to praxis and on spontaneity as opposed to association, Antonio Negri discloses the dialectical good judgment of Lenin's historic scenario. even as, via insisting on situational common sense as such, he demonstrates its alterations from our personal this present day, the place preserving religion with Lenin's classes could bring about various types. this significant textual content from Negri's activist interval is for that reason a very important rfile for realizing Negri's personal paintings and positions and people of Lenin.

(Fredric Jameson, Duke University)

Factory of method is a bracingly unique and systematic inquiry into the improvement of the Russian revolutionary's political idea, bearing comparability with Lukács's previous Lenin. It doubles as a distinct checklist of a vital second in Negri's trajectory as a political thinker and activist, whilst questions of procedure and riot have been premier in his brain. one of the such a lot available, entire, and colourful items of Negri's writing, it sticks out for its attempt to mix political pedagogy and ideological intervention.

(Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths, college of London, writer of Fanaticism: at the makes use of of an Idea)

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13 L E N I N A N D O U R G E N E R AT I O N 4. György Lukács, “The Actuality of the Revolution,” in A Study on the Unity of His Thought, trans. marx. htm. The original was published in 1924. 5. Ibid. my emphasis. 6. Louis Althusser, “Lenin and Philosophy,” and Other Essays, trans. Ben Brewster (London: New Left Books, 1978). See also Althusser, “Response to John Lewis,” in Essays in Self-Criticism, trans. Grahame Lock (London: New Left Books, 1976). It remains certain that Althusser’s theoretical position regarding certain aspects of his thought should be taken absolutely seriously.

Primarily, we compare problems that are born from Leninism with issues that arise out of today’s workers’ movement. These three groups of lessons are: First, an introduction that centers on the fundamentals of Lenin’s thought. We will follow how problems in Lenin’s political theory are developed, comparing them with how it is that we, today, handle similar problems. The second and more-focused group of lessons will instead center on the concept of organization, particularly Lenin’s thoughts about the Russian Communist Party.

2. [Translator’s Note: We have supplied an English translation of the Italian title here. This work, however, exists in English translation. ] 3. Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, trans. Daniel De Leon (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1907), 69. 13 L E N I N A N D O U R G E N E R AT I O N 4. György Lukács, “The Actuality of the Revolution,” in A Study on the Unity of His Thought, trans. marx. htm. The original was published in 1924. 5. Ibid. my emphasis. 6. Louis Althusser, “Lenin and Philosophy,” and Other Essays, trans.

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