[Marxism] Marx's Racist Put-Down of Lassalle

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 10:39:01 MDT 2012


this seems to be the relevant letter:
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1862/letters/62_07_30a.htm
would love to hear more on Marx's critique of these military-fixated
"enlightened Bonapartists." Most definitely relevant today.

On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM, Mark Lause <markalause at gmail.com> wrote:

> ======================================================================Thanks.
>  I had made a cursory rummage through the English translation
> but lacked a searchable quote.
>
> At the same time, Marx is using the language in this piece in such a
> way as to underscore Lassalle's paradoxically top-down state-centered
> version of socilaism. In the letter, Marx is placing Lassalle in the
> company of various "enlightened Bonapartist" ideas of revolution
> through military action.  The immediate military successes of
> Garibaldi had inspired a wave of Germans, such as Wilhelm Rüstow,
> whose interest in military matters jibed more with Lassalle's view of
> socialism than Marx's.
>
>



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