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Leninism as Radical 'Desireology'

This essay is an inquiry in the political philosophy of Lenin with special emphasis on the understanding of Bolshevism in the contemporary era of late imperialism in permanent crises. In contrast to orthodox Marxism which has hitherto understood Marxism as state socialist and ideological, this essay understands revolutionary Marxism as anti-state and ideology as the discourse of what Marx called the "spectral person" and consequently nothing but a theory of spectres. It contrasts the old problematic of state socialism and ideology with another problematic that it calls "desireology", a new discipline that firstly emphasises the importance of understanding Hegel - the philosopher par excellence of the European Enlightenment and the French Revolution - and then transforms this understanding in the theories of the Leninist party and the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.

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