[Marxism] Fwd: Was Stalin anti-Semitic? A reply to Roland Boer | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 20 14:58:31 MDT 2015

One of the oddest tendencies of Marxist intellectuals today is their 
admiration for Australian religion professor Roland Boer who received 
the Isaac Deutscher Prize in 2014 for his book “In the Veil of Tears”. 
The jury is made up of people whose intelligence I truly respect 
(despite such lapses as awarding a prize to Francis Wheen for his 
cynical biography of Karl Marx in 1999.) Others have gotten on the 
bandwagon, including Paul Le Blanc. Scott McLemee is also something of a 
fan although it is hard to figure out whether he takes him as seriously 
as Le Blanc, giving the impression that he reads Boer more for amusement 
than edification.

Maybe the Deutscher jury and Le Blanc have never visited Boer’s blog 
“Stalin’s Moustache”, as McLemee has. If it is supposed to be a joke (as 
McLemee suggests), it is not a very good one, especially when you run 
into an article titled Stalin’s “Anti-Semitism”. Maybe I don’t have a 
sense of humor. Is writing a response to Boer like writing an angry 
letter to Onion.com along the lines of  “How dare you publish an article 
claiming that Karl Marx was a secret admirer of the Mormon Church?” 
(Come to think of it, that’s not so far from Boer’s particular shtick, 
comic or not.)


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