[Marxism] (no subject)

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Sun Oct 28 17:02:16 MDT 2007

On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 18:37:10 -0400 Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> writes:

> I should mention that Horowitz is not subbed to Marxmail. He wrote 
> that 
> clarification about not being a Trotskyist to the list address that 
> bounced to me because he is not subbed. I decided to release it to 
> the 
> list because it is of some interest. On one level, it is another 
> sign of 
> Cockburn's declining powers that he failed to designate Horowitz's 
> past 
> correctly. I never would have described him as a Trotskyist even if 
> he 
> had edited something by Deutscher. 

I think it's more fair to say that Horowitz was associated
with people of various tendencies, without himself being
necessarily identified with any one of them.  He was
not really a Trot despite his association with Isaac
Deutscher, who not exactly an "orthodox" Trot  (what
ever that might be) anyway.  He was also associated with
Ralph Miliband, who was one of the intellectual fathers
of the British New Left, without his ever becoming
a New Leftist in the manner of Miliband, E.P. Thompson,
or Perry Anderson.  When Horowitz returned to the
US and became an editor at Ramparts he would
famously link up Black Panther leader Huey Newton,
who at the time, I believe, still regarded himself to
be a Maoist.  But as I understand it, China and
Mao's regime, were subjects that Horowitz and
Newton agreed to disagree about.  Horowitz
was also on friendly terms with Monthly Review.
Indeed, he had some books like, "Corporations and the Cold War,"
and  "Marx and Modern Economics" that were published
by Monthly Review Press. And Horowitz's own economic
thinking at the time, was at least in its broad contours
consonant with that associated with Monthly Review.
Horowitz looked forward to the development of
a synthesis of the economic thought of Marx,
Keynes, and Veblen. (For example see his
article, "The Case for a Neo-Marxist Theory",
International Socialist Review, Vol.28 No.4, July-August 1967, pp.26-28.

>Finally, on the peculiarity of 
> Horowitz following discussions here. I suspect that Michael 
> Pugliese, 
> the amateur snitch and neoconservative wannabe, probably made him 
> aware 
> of the discussion just as he used to forward stuff to Stephen 
> Schwartz, 
> who is also attacked by Cockburn in the same article.

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