[Marxism] Lars Lih versus Eric Blanc | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 1 13:18:06 MDT 2019

In what practically amounts to self-plagiarism, Lars Lih has written now 
what seems like the tenth article elevating Karl Kautsky’s reputation to 
heights not seen since the early 20th century before it was permanently 
damaged by his ideological scabbing on the Russian Revolution. Jacobin, 
the go-to place for neo-Kautskyism, has just published Lih’s “Karl 
Kautsky as Architect of the October Revolution”, which is meant as a 
corrective to his acolyte Eric Blanc’s attempt to consign Bolshevik-type 
revolutions to the ashbin of history. Ironically, Lih views October 1917 
as a vindication of Kautsky’s writings while his disciple Blanc views 
those same writings as a disinfectant against the unreconstructed 
Leninism that stubbornly refuses to accept Bernie Sanders as the 
greatest revolutionary since Eugene V. Debs. In essence, Kautsky serves 
as a Rorschach test for the two Jacobin authors. Lih sees the image 
resembling Lenin and Blanc sees it as the anti-Lenin. Of course, before 
Blanc became so gung-ho on Democratic Party politics, his take might 
have been closer to Lih’s but why expect him to be consistent? After 
all, consistency is the hobgoblin of foolish minds.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2019/07/01/lars-lih-versus-eric-blanc/

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