[Marxism] Party and Capital (Re: Molyneux's "On party democracy")

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Oct 28 09:54:45 MDT 2009

Max Clark wrote:
> Also, everyone should read Proyect's critique, if only for the Vulcan "pon farr" (spelling?) reference. AH! I laughed and laughed. --St. Max)


Pon farr (pronounced [poʊn fɑr]) is an element of the fictional 
Star Trek universe that occurs both in the canonical TV series and 
in fan fiction based upon the series. In Star Trek, Vulcan males 
and females go into heat every seven years, going into a blood 
fever, becoming violent, and finally dying if they do not mate 
with someone with whom they are empathically bonded.


Of course, the democratic centralism that defines “Leninist” 
organizations today had little to do with Lenin’s call for 
“freedom to criticize, but unity in action”. Somewhere along the 
line it became a formula for ideological homogeneity. It states 
that the “freedom to criticize” is permissible during 
preconvention discussion, a period that tolerates atypical 
behavior every couple of years or so, more or less like Spock 
undergoing “Pon farr”, the Vulcan version of mating season.

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