[Marxism] Moderator's note

aaron s. amaral amaral1871 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 18 14:27:21 MDT 2015


"the tolerant atmosphere of the list"....lmao

On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 4:18 PM, Andrew Pollack via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 4:13 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
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> > On 7/18/15 4:00 PM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
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> >> You're booting Jim for doing class analysis?
> >> That's fucked up.
> >> To be precise, that's Stalinism.
> >>
> >>
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> > only to do "class analysis" as you put it. I had 11 years of this kind of
> > "class analysis" in the Trotskyist movement and that was enough for me.
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> > anybody wants to set up a mailing list where you can blather on about the
> > petty-bourgeoisie, contact me privately and I'll help you get started.
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 Seek for food and clothing first, then
the Kingdom of God shall be added unto you.
   Hegel, 1807

  The class struggle, which is always present to a historian influenced by
Marx, is a fight for the crude and material things without which no refined
and spiritual things could exist. Nevertheless, it is not in the form of
the spoils which fall to the victor that the latter make their presence
felt in the class struggle. They manifest themselves in this struggle as
courage, humor, cunning, and fortitude. They have retroactive force and
will constantly call in question every victory, past and present, of the
rulers. As flowers turn toward the sun, by dint of a secret heliotropism
the past strives to turn toward that sun which is rising in the sky of
history. A historical materialist must be aware of this most inconspicuous
of all transformations.

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