M & E on the South Slavs

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri Sep 29 10:55:01 MDT 1995

On Fri, 29 Sep 1995, Alex Trotter wrote:

> states" (*The Eastern Question*). He also expected, or wanted, Britain and
> France to play a kind of Bonapartist revolutionary role in the Balkans by
> dismantling the Ottoman Empire, part of the notion he entertained that
> imperialism could under some circumstances perform a historically
> progressive function. Marx was disappointed, however, by the outcome of

Yes, Marx certainly had the imperialism question all wrong. You can look
through long stretches of the Grundrisse and see all the illusions Marx
had in Woodrow Wilson, Clemenceau et al.

One thing, Alex, in your list of national chauvinist charges directed
against Marx and Engels, you forgot to include Marx's dreadful
antisemitism. Any cultural historian can tell you that 20th century
antisemitism is impossible without Nietzsche, Marx and Hukalaka Meshabob,
the Latvian disciple of Nietzsche who taught Heidegger everything he knew.

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