[Marxism] These People Are Still Being Held by Armed Separatists in Ukraine | VICE News

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun May 4 10:01:17 MDT 2014

On 5/4/14 11:47 AM, Shane Mage wrote:
> But in fact Marx did write about the Commune abducting people (including
> the Archbishop of Paris) and executing them. He even criticized the
> Commune for this--that is, for *not* executing them until the very end!

Shane, you are hilarious. The taking of hostages was not initiated by 
the Communards but by the Prussians. The Communards resorted to this 
tactic after the fashion of the Red Army in the civil war in 1918 in the 
same way that capital punishment was reinstituted on a temporary basis.

What this has to do with Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky being abducted in 
Donetsk and beaten for nearly a week is anybody's guess. I understand 
that you are fairly cynical in making such an argument but there are 
other people who take their Marx seriously who see through your sophistry.

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