Magazine October 2, 2017, Issue

Zombie Lenin

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Lenin 2017, by Slavoj Zizek (Verso, 272 pp., $19.95)

October marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution, the event that opened the disastrous experiment of Marxism-in-power. The Revolution should be remembered for the then-unprecedented misery and death it unleashed, and for the Luciferian ruthlessness of its principal architect, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the first of the 20th-century totalitarian adventurers.

The Slovenian social thinker and intellectual celebrity Slavoj Zizek has a different take. The Revolution, he believes, however destructive it became, carried an enormous “emancipatory potential.” The task in 2017, he says, is to recover that promise through a “radical rethinking of Communism, reactualizing it for today.” And far from being obsolete,

Brian C. Anderson — Mr. Anderson is editor of City Journal and author of Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents, South Park Conservatives, and other books.

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