[Marxism] Interest in Bukharin's writing

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 17 16:59:07 MST 2015


Thanks!!!
Dave and Einde, can someone put it on the Crossroads page?

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 5:51 PM, Jim Farmelant via Marxism <
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> Here is Hessen's paper.
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> From: Andrew Pollack via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Marxism] Interest in Bukharin's writing
> Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:05:32 -0500
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> Bukharin's English-language archive is here:
> http://marxists.org/archive/bukharin/library.htm
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> Most of "Science at the Crossroads" is here:
> http://www.marxists.org/subject/science/
> I say most because it doesn't include Hessen's landmark study, which really
> must be rectified!!!
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> Anyway if your collective study of Bukharin yields new items to be posted
> that would be great (even though I'm a vehemently anti-Bukharin
> Trotskyist).
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> On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 3:34 PM, jasmine via Marxism <
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> > I am currently taking notes on Bukharin's interesting, 1930s work:
> Science
> > at the Crossroads. This was Bukharin's presentation, with the other
> > delegates from the USSR, on Science; the document was presented to the
> > International Congress of the History of Science and Technology.
> >
> > The above mentioned title does take some time and effort to unravel and
> > penetrate esp., considering the historical developments that have taken
> > place in science since the 1930s. Lenin lauded Bukharin as a
> theoreticians
> > of excellence, not without reason.
> >
> > To this day the talents of Bukharin are not acknowledged, nor fully
> > realised, neither have they been fully understood.
> >
> > Bukharin's Marxism does critique -the absolutist and Bonapartist aspects
> > of Stalinism. Though Bukharin's strong expression is subte and oft not
> > worth the trouble -to the general reader.
> >
> > One is bound to consider the context when reading any of Bukharin's
> > writing. His ideas are subtly spun in a context (the post-civil war,
> > consolidation of Stalinism, Totskyism, the rising of Fascism and a
> > depressed global Capitalism of that time). Many would contend that these
> > factors are similar to our own i.e., considering the similarity with our
> > current historical condition.
> >
> > Any reading has a backdrop of Bukharin's fall, His notorious show trial,
> > the historical distortions put this promising Marxist, either as an enemy
> > of the Socialism, painted as an inconsequential Stalinist.
> >
> > However a basic reading always traps the reader, as such an approach
> > obscures Bukharin's unique and original Marxist position. He is obscured
> in
> > the conventions and distorted reproductions of the central committee and
> > others enemies; all with a particular general line.
> >
> > A more serious study is needed i.e., towards relooking at this figure;
> > such a study would bring much new thoughts on many new topics. I find
> > Bukharin's angle on theory and practice offers up a critique on each and
> > every hegemon (evident in Gramsci's work) and hence Stalinism.
> >
> > The works of Bukharin need to be expanded upon to clarify his teachings
> > within the limits caused by the consolidation and cementing of a new type
> > of absolutism (Stalinism).
> >
> > All of Bukharin's work have a distinct identity, esp., within the Marxist
> > corpus; the works do provide a lot of depth, an analysis with a wonderful
> > emphasis on the validity of sociology, the Historico-materialist slant.
> > With some effort the text even breaks out and clearly critiques its
> > stultified Stalinist (the general line of a quasi police state).
> >
> > However Science at the Crossroads, like Frederick Engel's Dialectics of
> > Nature, takes time to reinterpret; both where written in different
> > historical conditions i.e., before many of today's scientific concepts
> came
> > about. Despite this the underlying framework holds ground and can be
> built
> > upon.
> >
> > There is a essential Marxist kernel that remain, forever i.e., for as
> long
> > a particular (hegemonic) scientific interest poses and is claimed as an
> > absolute form (cloaked in whatever fancy dress).
> >
> > Science is held up (o be linked to the production process, thereby the
> > claim of discoveries as private property i.e., and the reader can
> consider
> > various interests (prison, military industrial complex &c.)
> >
> > The work can be a tool to look upon the current condition of Science. It
> > takes time to work through; and esp., to see the work as a Marxist
> critique
> > of Stalin's bureaucratic state.
> >
> > The figure of Bukharin is blurred, as was Marxism;  he has become a
> > historical distortion. But his works have an interesting Marxist
> > orientation, they give readers  a means to materialise and touch and
> > realize  the potential in Bukharin's ideas, which made this friendly man
> to
> > be such a threat.
> >
> > My interest in his work has led me to try to get hold of a digital
> version
> > of any of his Prison writings esp., How it all Began, and Philosophical
> > Arabesques.
> >
> > I would also like to make contact with any comrades that are interested
> in
> > re-establishing, relooking and sharing thoughts on the writings of
> comrade
> > Bukharin.
> >
> > ...
> > Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device
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