Forwarded from Jurriaan Bendien

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Fri Dec 29 16:18:51 MST 2000


On 28 December Charles Brown queried in response to a comment of mine on
historical inevitability as follows:

So , were Marx and Engels Stalinists when they said in _The Manifesto of
the Communist Party_"What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all,
are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are
equally inevitable. "

My answer is, no. Rhetorical flourishes about the inevitability of
proletarian redemption are not a uniquely Stalinist trait, and can be found
in many socialist currents.

Cheers

J

Louis Proyect
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