What is to be Done?: Leninism, Anti-Leninist Marxism and the Question of Revolution Today, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

What is to be Done?

Leninism, Anti-Leninist Marxism and the Question of Revolution Today, 1st Edition

By Werner Bonefeld

Edited by Sergio Tischler


384 pages

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Paperback: 9781138720527
pub: 2019-09-30
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This title was first published in 2002. On the eve of the first centenary of Lenin’s, What is to be Done?, this book provides a critical assessment of the theory and practice of revolution at the start of the new millennium. The volume shows the pertinence of revolution in our post-socialist world and provides a focus for critical social inquiry, revealing the significance of the theory of revolution and its practical meaning. By identifying the weaknesses of orthodox accounts into social and political change, it offers a timely reassessment of the left-communist critique of Leninism and shows its contemporary relevance. Against the background of the globalization of capital, anti-capitalism has to dream revolution. The book shows the practical and theoretical meaning of this dream: the society of the free and equal.


’This book combines a solid critique of Leninism, with a sharp attantion to the fundamental questions it raised. It breaks with the revolutionary dogmas of a long tradition but it invites current global movements to think about revolution for our times. It suggests that the new times are in many ways different from the old, but retain one thing in common: the question of how to break with capital and in the process build a real community of human beings. It shoud be read by all interested in making another world� possible.’ Dr Massimo De Angelis, Senior Lecturer, University of East London, UK ’This necessary book celebrates the anniversary of an essential question for the present time. What is to be done? offers both a rich and critical assessment of Lenin's thought and politics, and a fresh and exciting journey into the possibilities of reinventing revolution in the new times. What could be more welcome than that?’ Dr Ana C. Dinerstein, Lecturer, University of Bath, UK ’A book for those who take seriously the prospect of a world beyond capital. By returning to the now so-unfashionable legacy of Lenin, the contributors compel themselves and their readers to confront the hard questions about what "revolution" can mean today. An antidote to both easy radical euphoria and repressive militarist terror, this is a collection that will help take the upsurge of counter-globalization activism to a new level in a new century.’ Nick Dyer-Witheford, University of Western Ontario, Canada ’[The book] is written in an engaging style and is full of hope. It clearly is a book for those passionately concerned with realising the emancipatory potential inherent in the here and now…The book deserves to be widely read.’ What Next? Marxist Discussion Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: What is to be done? Leninism, anti-Leninist Marxism and the question of revolution today, Werner Bonefeld and Sergio Tischler. What is to be Done? In Historical and Critical Perspective: Kronstadt: proletarian spin-off of the Russian revolution, Cajo Brendel; Perspectives on left politics: on the development of anti-Leninist conceptions of socialist politics, Diethard Behrens; Was Lenin a Marxist? the populist roots of Marxism-Leninism, Simon Clarke; The dialectic of labour and human emancipation, Mike Rooke. What is to be Learned? Contemporary Capitalism and the Politics of Negation: The command of money-capital and the Latin American crises, Alberto Bonnet; State, revolution and self-determination, Werner Bonefeld; Lenin on the production of revolution, George Caffentzis; The crisis of the Leninist subject and the Zapatista circumstance, Sergio Tischler. What About Revolution? Ends and Means: Emancipation: paths and goals, Johannes Agnoli; Revolt and revolution or get out of the way, capital!, John Holloway; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Werner Bonefeld, The University of York, UK and Sergio Tischler, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism