Scientism and Marxism

V600A8E6 at ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu V600A8E6 at ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu
Tue Nov 28 08:27:34 MST 1995


Peter, Marxism-Leninism has nothing in common with what you call
scientism.  Scientism is alien to Marxism-Leninism.  Also, scientism is a
discernable trend among non-marxists and Marxist wannabes.  Are you
listening?  Just because some intellectually immature people have called
themselves Marxists and carried the banner of scientism, this does not
mean that we can say scientism is a bona fide feature of, say, scientific
socialism and Marxism-Leninism.

Besides never talking about and Marxism-Leninism, your
most egregious error in this post (this time)  is your take on metaphysics
and Marxism.  Ontology is a central concern of Marxism.  It was the
positivists who failed to understand the role and significance of
metaphysics.

Look, you need to keep in mind the differences between western Marxists,
post-Marxists, ex-Marxists, neo-Marxists, anti-Leninists, revisionists of
all stripes and Marxists-Leninists.  You never recognize that
Marxism-Leninism is radically different than these petty-bourgeois trends.

Marxism-Leninism treats rationalism and empiricism dialectically.  Neither
side or approach is exaggerated.

Don't be like those petty-bourgeois minded imperialist yes-men and women
who job-like treat Stalinism, a pseudo-concept invented by the
bourgeoisie, as scandalous.  You need to understand Marxism-Leninism.

p.s. I can smell a lazy petty-bourgeois from a 100 miles away.


Shawgi Tell
University at Buffalo
Graduate School of Education
V600A8E6 at UBVMS.CC.BUFFALO.EDU


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