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Factory of StrategyThirty-Three Lessons on Lenin$
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Antonio Negri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231146821

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231146821.001.0001

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“Where to Begin?”

“Where to Begin?”

(p.191) 19 “Where to Begin?”
Factory of Strategy

Antonio Negri

, Arianna Bove
Columbia University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Vladimir Lenin’s The State and Revolution, which is at the heart of Lenin’s thought and the reason why revolutionary workers will always be Leninist. The reading concentrates on Chapter 5, entitled “Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State.” It also examines the interrelationships between the method of dialectics, the analysis of imperialism, and the specific analysis of the state and the approach of the workers’ revolution to it. Written in August and September 1917, The State and Revolution ends abruptly on Chapter 6 and addresses topics such as social classes and the state in general, Karl Marx’s writings on the revolution of 1848, the experience of the Paris Commune of 1871 and Marx’s analysis of it, Friedrich Engels’s polemical writings on social democracy, and the withering-away of the state and the material bases for its demise.

Keywords:   dialectics, Vladimir Lenin, The State and Revolution, revolution, workers, social classes, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, social democracy

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