Leo Casey, Stalinism, and the Canadian CP

Scott Solomon ss341 at columbia.edu
Tue Jun 27 07:14:04 MDT 1995

On Tue, 27 Jun 1995 marquit at physics.spa.umn.edu wrote:

> Scott Solomon's comments on who I am and what I represent, and what positions
> I presented in the Introducton to Marxism class is another example of
> the use of smears instead of arguments. So much of what he wrote is
> fabricated that there is no point in replying. I would challenge him to
> produce a single document with my name on it that defended the
> Moscow trials. I would not argue that I never took incorrect positions or
> never wrote things that I regretted later, but his description of my
> class is as false as the College Republican newspaper headline about
> me "Professor Teaches Marxism as Physics."
Listen Erwin . . . no disrespect or anything, but did you ever get your
Ph.D.?  I just ran a search using the dissertation index and nothing was
listed under your name.  I found a Doris Marquit, but no Erwin.

I forgot to mention one of the really hilarious aspects of Marquit's 'Intro
to Marxism' class.  After that semester when two or three YS members asked
a few questions about Trotsky, the Moscow Trials, Lysenko, P-9, Hungary,
Jesse Jackson, the post-war no strike pledge,etc. (all of which Marquit
responded to with no small amount of hostility) the next year's course
description for 'Intro to Marxism' was modified a bit.  This course is
not for the purpose of discussion, it emphasized!!!!

I'm glad Erwin admits to a few incorrect positions, though he's a bit coy
about what those positions were.  He's depriving us of what would be the
most entertaining contribution to this thread.

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