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Marx's character

Posted by: Piper on February 02, 19100 at 01:43:14:

In Reply to: Frenchy's Reading List posted by Stewball The Racehorse on February 01, 19100 at 15:13:56:

: I just read Frenchy's description of Marx's personal life, which was in fact quite accurate. Marx did borrow money from his friends, and Frenchy's verb "mooch" is a defendable way of looking at that undeniable historical fact.

: My most generous guess is that Frenchy got this from at book called "Intellectuals" by a fellow named Paul Johnson. I think that was his name, anyway. This was a very popular book which came out in the early 1990's, and it is really nothing more than a series of ad homimen attacks on Leftist figures, people like Marx, Lenin, Chomsky and (English Romantic poet) Shelley.

: This book is a disgrace to scholarship, and I could bore you all with the inaccuracies in the chapter on Shelley, but I won't. The only point I will caution everyone here on is that I'd like to remind you that we Leftists aren't the only ones who can put a book together. Rightist pigs like Paul Johnson, Rush Limbaugh and their pathetic followers like Frenchy can do it, too.

: It helps to know what one's opposition is up to.

Piper: Bakunin had some interesting things to say about Marx's character (learnt first hand):

``The Germans, artisans, Bornstedt, Marx and Engels--and, above all, Marx--are here, doing their ordinary mischief. Vanity, spite, gossip, theoretical overbearingness and practical pusillanimity--reflections on life, action and simplicity, and complete absence of life, action and simplicity--literary and argumentative artisans and repulsive coquetry with them: `Feuerbach is a bourgeois,' and the word `bourgeois' grown into an epithet and repeated ad nauseum, but all of
them themselves from head to foot, through and through, provincial bourgeois. With one word, lying and stupidity, stupidity and lying. In this society there is no possibility of drawing a free, full breath. I hold myself aloof from them, and have declared quite decidedly that I will not join their communistic union of artisans, and will have nothing to do with it.''

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