Thursday, 25 October 2007

A Note on Googling Yourself on the Hour and Half Hour

In the Swedish dubs of the Care Bears, for unknown reasons, the villains Dark Heart, Coldheart, and No Heart all got the same name - “Hjärtlös” (“Heartless”). In Lenin’s handwritten manuscript of 1916 he used the title we’re familiar with – Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism. But when he published the pamphlet in 1917 he called it Imperialism, the Latest Stage of Capitalism (cf. Rudolf Hilferding’s Finance Capital, the Latest Phase of Capitalist Development). An early English translation, appearing in a number of different editions in Britain and the United States, converted “Latest” into “Last”. After Lenin’s death, the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, for unknown reasons, put out a new edition of the work in which “Highest Stage” was substituted for “Latest Stage” (following Lenin’s earlier handwritten manuscript), and the work has carried that title ever since. The effect is to label a piece of analysis as if it were a splat of eschatological tapas.

1 comment:

ben said...

sometimes literally