Gramsci, Laclau, Mouffe (and Bhaskar)

Andy Daitsman adaitsma at
Fri Mar 10 03:06:51 MST 1995

>On Thu, 9 Mar 1995, Howie Chodos wrote:

>> whether all Marxists (including those on this list, presumably) are tarred
>> with the brush of bearing some responsibility for the crimes of
>> totalitarianism committed under the banner of Marxism...
>> ... We are in the sense that it is incumbent on us to explain what went
>> wrong.

And on today, I wrote:
> it is incumbent on anyone who
>seeks to speak in the name of the Marxist tradition yet who wants to avoid
>another devolution into a terrorist state, to come to grips with precisely
>how  Stalinism arose...

>That fact may not tar all Marxists with the brush of mass murderer, but it
>should give us pause to consider how someone who purports to agree with us
>on some basic principles can so grossly differ on others.

Sorry for the plagiarism, Howie.  Totally inadvertent.


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