Malcolm Harris

is a managing editor of The New Inquiry and a writer based in Brooklyn.

Papers and Tigers: Was Lenin Really an Anarchist?

Papers and Tigers: Was Lenin Really an Anarchist?

Com­rade Lenin is just one in a long line of heroes I don’t know a lot about. He’s the kind of his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ter engi­neered to model, made for a time when rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies pinned up news­pa­per head­shots over their beds and went to bed vow­ing to wake up and be more like Che or Mao or Gaddafhi or Car­los or Ulrike or Huey or even masked Mar­cos. The 20th Cen­tury saw Com­mu­nist Par­ties and par­ty­ing com­mu­nists, but both had their icons. We are, how­ever, icon­o­clasts; some bold sans-serif lulz-text in place of a black line.