[Marxism] Quiting Marxism, embracing what?

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Fri Dec 1 18:36:43 MST 2006

Louis Proyect wrote:
> This is not about fucking THEORY. It is about the contingencies of
> history that have wended their way here and there in unexpected ways.
> Ideas don't shape history--blind economic forces do. All socialists
> can do is get in the saddle and try to ride this unruly beast. We get
> thrown from time to time, but we must dust ourselves off and get back
> in the saddle again.

My attack on blaming wrong theory for all defeats is _not_ an attack on
theory as such. (Hint: I think all marxists really should read and
reread the Grundrisse.) And "blind economic forces" is, I think, a
somewhat misleading phrase.

But for immediate purposes as posed by Stan Goff & Joaquin I do think it
crucial to see the limits of theory; in other contexts it would be
equally important to see the scope of  theory.


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