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

By Antonio Negri

Arianna Bove (tr.)

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

Lenin is the one admired flesh presser 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 smooth sovereignty and the necessity to ruin capitalism and reconfigure the kingdom. 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 software of a leading edge against the ancien régime. Negri as a substitute champions Leninism's skill to conform to diverse working-class compositions in Russia, China, Latin the USA, and in other places. He argues that Lenin built a brand new political determine in and past modernity and an efficient association in a position to soaking up assorted old stipulations. Negri finally urges readers to acknowledge the common program of Leninism at the present time and its strength to institutionally -- now not 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 residing in any case Times)

There are many Lenins: during this fascinating 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 state of affairs. whilst, through insisting on situational common sense as such, he demonstrates its changes from our personal this day, the place protecting religion with Lenin's classes may possibly result in various types. this crucial textual content from Negri's activist interval is consequently a vital rfile for knowing 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 suggestion, bearing comparability with Lukács's past Lenin. It doubles as a special checklist of an important second in Negri's trajectory as a political thinker and activist, whilst questions of procedure and rebel have been most desirable in his brain. one of the so much available, finished, 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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It was incredibly backward, the working class was restricted to very few areas, and the labor processes of industrial capitalism were not such that, at first sight, Russian society could be characterized as an overall capitalist society. In the face of this, enormous pressure came from agriculture, which was organized into the semifeudal structures that were common in a partly wild country that lay outside not so much the history of capital as that of civil history. However, Lenin’s approach forces this reality and locks the immediacy of perception in the progressive mechanism of the tendency.

On this issue, see my pamphlet “Crisi dello Stato-piano: comunismo e organizzazione rivoluzionaria” [Crisis of the planner state, communism, and revolutionary organization], in Opuscoli Marxisti, vol. 1 (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1974). 14 2 FROM THE THEORY OF CAPITAL TO THE THEORY OF ORGANIZATION (1) Economic Struggle and Political Struggle: Class Struggle I we begin from Lenin’s reading of Marx, in particular, his approach to the theory of organization as derived from a theory of capital (lessons 2–5).

The real concrete is not the immediate but the entirety of real determinations. The concreteness of an abstract definition derives from the dialectical nature of the process investigated. Concreteness is a tendential limit of the immediate determinations grasped and analyzed (and this time, these are properly abstract). In this, Lenin reiterates Marx’s teachings. In Marx, determinate abstraction operates in this way: for instance, relations of production, the determinate social formations that took shape during the class struggles of the 1840s in England (which was a foundational moment for the forma- 18 ECONOMIC STRUGGLE AND POLITICAL STRUGGLE tion of English capitalism), are assumed as an overall tendency of the process of production and class struggle in all capitalist formations.

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