Slavoj Žižek presents ‘On Practice and Contradiction’ by Mao Zedong

Published January 17th 2007 by Verso (first published 1937)

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These early philosophical writings underpinned the Chinese revolutions, and Mao’s clarion call to insurrection has lost none of its ability to stir the blood and stimulate the mind. Drawing on a dizzying array of references from contemporary culture and politics, Slavoj Žižek’s introduction reaches unsettling conclusions about the place of Mao’s thought in the revolutionary canon.


“Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer, which we use to crush the enemy.”
— Mao

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