STALINISM IN THEORY
Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Mar 21 20:44:01 MST 1995
On Tue, 21 Mar 1995 ECOPAULZ at ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu wrote:
> I like Althusser's work and if you read him carefully you would know that
> he is on your side regarding the non-unity of theory and practice and many
> other points.
> Althusser is not a "creep". He's not a "Stalinist".
> I trust you will not call me a "creep", and I know I am not a Stalinist.
For what it's worth, Alma Guilleporto, in an article in last week's New
Yorker, identifies Subcommandante Marcos of the Zapatista as a former
philosophy graduate student who was heavily into Althusser. In fact, his
whole department seemed to be pro-Althusser.
One of these days I may get around to reading Althusser (and Laclau et
al), but I'm having too much fun re-discovering Marx lately.
By the way, does anybody know where this quote from Marx comes from:
"...the weapon of criticism cannot replace the criticism of weapons,
and material force must be overthrown by material force" (but) "theory
becomes a material force when it has gripped the masses."
Maybe I'm missing something, but wouldn't this basic tenet of Marx
render Lukacs, Gramsci, the Frankfurt school, Althusser, and postmodernist
Marxism a bit superflous?
--- from list marxism at lists.village.virginia.edu ---
More information about the Marxism