[Marxism] Fwd: Bertrand Russell and the Socialism That Wasn't | Jean Bricmont | Monthly Review

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 8 06:45:02 MDT 2017

On 8/8/17 8:41 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
> So funny. Jean Bricmont, Diana Johnstone's writing partner, has written 
> articles with her defending Putin, Assad and the "axis of resistance" 
> but here he takes the side of Bertrand Russell in denouncing the Russian 
> Revolution as a dictatorship from the outset.
> https://monthlyreview.org/2017/07/01/bertrand-russell-and-the-socialism-that-wasnt/ 

 From the article:

The “materialist theory of history” assumes that in the last analysis, 
human actions are motivated by the desire to possess as much material 
goods as possible, and that ideological phenomena are to be explained on 
that basis.


Good point. I have vivid recollections of that passage in Kautsky's 
"Materialist Conception of History" where he bragged about his wine cellar.

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