Gramsci, Laclau, Mouffe (and Bhaskar)

Howie Chodos howie at
Fri Mar 10 16:02:14 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.

No offense taken, Andy. It is nice when people agree occasionnally, even if
they aren't aware of it till later. Thanks for noticing. It's an important
issue, too.


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