STALINISM IN THEORY

Michael Hoover hoov at freenet.scri.fsu.edu
Wed Mar 22 11:37:29 MST 1995


> Louis Proyect:
>
> 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."

it is from the introduction to 'Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's
Philosophy of Right (1844)...is followed by

  Theory is capable of taking hold of the masses as soon as it
  makes it demonstrations "ad hominem," and it makes its
  demonstrations "ad hominem" when it becomes radical.  To be
  radical is to take things by the root.  The root for man,
  however, is man himself


Michael

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