Marxism–Leninism as Discourse: The Politics of the Empty Signifier and the Double Bind

  title={Marxism–Leninism as Discourse: The Politics of the Empty Signifier and the Double Bind},
  author={Rachel Loewen Walker},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={161 - 189}
  • R. Walker
  • Published 1 April 1989
  • Economics
  • British Journal of Political Science
This article employs a semiotic approach to investigate the meaning of ‘Marxism-Leninism’ with a view to clarifying our understanding of this term. Contrary to conventional interpretations it demonstrates that ‘Marxism-Leninism’ is an empty signifier which is subject to definition on a contemporary basis by the CPSU itself. However, it also demonstrates that ‘Marxism-Leninism’ is the central element in a mechanism of control which bears all the hallmarks of a classic linguistic double bind. It… 

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