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10 A Modern Prince to Discourses of Resistance . . . and Back?

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The post-Marxist project of detaching the Gramscian concept of hegemony from its Leninist moorings is parasitical upon uncritical acceptance of the conventional caricature of Lenin; once Lenin's politico-strategic logic of the struggle for hegemony is explicated and the caricature thereby unveiled as such, it becomes possible to diagnose post-Marxist 'hegemony' as a disavowal in theoretical form of the burdens and responsibilities of leadership in the class struggle and, consequently, as a form of subaltern celebration of mere resistance consistent with the continuing domination of capital. Lenin levelled the charge of 'spontaneism' in What Is to Be Done? not only against the Economists' orientation to the spontaneous working-class movement but also, it is worth noting in the present connection, against intellectuals who advocated individual acts of terror with a view to exciting the masses to revolutionary action.

Keywords: Gramscian concept; hegemony; Lenin; post-Marxist project; spontaneism

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