[Marxism] Thoughts on Diana Johnstone and Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 25 12:55:20 MST 2014

Over the years I’ve noticed an unfortunate tendency for the left to 
conduct polemics like an attorney. If someone like Nicholas Kristof is a 
district attorney building a case against Robert Mugabe, for example, he 
includes only his misdeeds. Then the leftist will trawl through print 
and electronic media to prove to the jury—the fence sitting public—that 
Mugabe is the best thing that ever happened to the people of Zimbabwe. 
The prosecution will fixate on homophobia and electoral fraud, while the 
defense will urge the jury to consider the sweeping land reform. Leaving 
aside Shakespeare’s suggestion as to what should happen to lawyers, it 
would probably be best for the left—particularly those who see 
themselves operating under the rubric of Marxism—to adopt a more 
dialectical approach, one that considers the contradictions and aspires 
to a higher level understanding.


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