[Marxism] Richard Seymour is the principal culprit

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 17:06:33 MST 2013

> I hope everyone reads this.   My worst suspicions about Callinicos are
> fully confirmed. His attack on Richard for reading Poulantzas (&
> Jessop!) reminded me forcibly of Rick Kuhn telling me not to read
> Wallerstein, and Tom O' Lincoln advising me not to read Althusser.  When
> the leading intellectual lights of an organisation resort to this kind of
> banning of books, then the organisation is in deep trouble. What they are
> trying to do of course is to maintain their own intellectual pre-eminence
> within the organisation.  They read Althusser, Poulantzas, & Jessop but no
> one else is supposed to.  That is how the Curia of the Church of Rome
> operates.  Gramsic's writing on the Catholic Church emphasise the
> determination of the core of the church to keep a tight grip on the church
> of the intellectuals.  That tradition is deeply anti-intellectual in its
> fear of ideas but it has nothing to do with the tradition of Marxism.

> Callinicos is quite clearly deeply jealous of Richard who in theoretical
> and philosophical terms will leave him in the dustbin of history.



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