[Marxism] More on Norman Rush

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 17 11:08:05 MDT 2013

On 9/17/13 12:38 PM, Patrick Bond wrote:
> http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6039/the-art-of-fiction-no-205-norman-rush
> a cocktail party populated by representatives of every branch of
> American radicalism. There were eight kinds of Trotskyites, five kinds
> of Communists, two factions dedicated to an obscure Dutch Communist,
> Pannekoek. There was one man representing an Italian, named Bordiga, who
> had exactly one follower in the United States. All there. The party’s
> host—I forget /his/ political affiliation, but he had a son with his own
> cult, dedicated to H. P. Lovecraft. They had a terrarium, for instance.
> I was so interested in the human project of trying to reshape the world,
> in all its particular guises and methods. ...
> I was a sectarian leftist when we met. Radicalism was essential to my
> self-definition. So there had to be a long period of argument and
> discussion before I developed, let’s say, a less immanentist view of
> social change. ...
> I was active in the pacifist movement—demonstrations, marches, the
> usual. I was for years on the boards of the Central Committee for
> Conscientious Objectors and the War Resisters League, and was active in
> CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality.
> etc

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