Revolution at the Gates

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Žižek, S. (ed.) (2002) Revolution at the Gates: Selected Writings of Lenin from 1917, London and New York: Verso. Continuing with his project to disinter nuggets of political wisdom from those figures who are conventionally reviled, Žižek here avers that Lenin demonstrated an admirable ability to grasp the significance of an open and contingent moment in history. As such, Lenin figures for Žižek as a vanishing mediator, one whose insights could be productively rein- vigorated in an era of multinational capitalism. In terms of Žižek's work as a whole, then, this text furthers his commitment - more evident in his recent books - to find a way to build trans-national political movements and institutions strong enough to seriously constrain the unlimited rule of capital and the liberal-democratic consensus.