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In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 21: Johannes Agnoli: Subversive Thought, the Critique of the State and (Post-)Fascism

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Johannes Agnoli: Subversive Thought, the Critique of the State and (Post-)Fascism
Johannes Agnoli: Subversive Thought, the Critique of the State and (Post-)Fascism
Stephan Grigat Adrian Wilding
By Way of a Biography: ‘Negation as Destructio’

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin recommended that revolutionaries practice ‘patience and theory’ during periods of counter-revolution (Lehmann, 2013). The left-wing communist/anti-authoritarian critic Johannes Agnoli, by contrast, counted upon patience and irony. To the objection that in so doing he was making himself comfortable within the false whole, Agnoli, who taught political science as a professor at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin from 1972 to 1990, responded shortly before his death: ‘one does not have to be a Jesuit, Jacobin, or Bolshevik just because ...

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