That Infamous Turn To The Right (Our "Problem" with Liberalism)

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Jul 25 06:16:23 MDT 1995


On Mon, 24 Jul 1995 LeoCasey at aol.com wrote:
> A reassessment of traditional left hostility to liberalism (Remember that
> fine old Maoist slogan, Combat Liberalism) is central to this political
> project. Let the lesson we draw from Genovese's 'turn to the right', and the
> theoretical continuity underlying that turn, be the need to rethink our
> relation to liberalism, to begin to assimilate important liberal principles
> into our thought. Unless, of course, we want to follow Genovese down his
> road...

Louis Proyect:
What nonsense! The left has been and should now be hostile to capitalism.
When we throw around terms like "liberalism", we strip politics of its
class content. This comes as no surprise from a starry-eyed booster of
"radical democracy".


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