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Posted by: Nikhil Jaikumar ( Eviction Free Zone, Massachusetts ) on March 30, 1999 at 18:16:26:

In Reply to: Damned right-wingers . . . or is taht left-wingers posted by Joel Jacobson on March 30, 1999 at 12:18:09:

: I have a question regarding the dominant ideology theory and the theory (or whatever) of opposites.

: Back in the eighties the "right-wing" governments in South America did not prohibit Marx from being read in the universities. He was not part of the state cirriculum, but also not on the banned list. However, John Stuart Mill with his ideas about the "marketplace of ideas" and "free speech" was prohibited.

: So, does this mean taht:

: a) these governments were really "left-wing"
: b) good ol' Karl was actually a "right-winger" and J.S. Mill a "left-winger"

: I await your answers.

Actually, reading Marx was illegal in El Salvador. Other right-wing regimes like South Korea and South Africa also banned communistic literature. New translations of Marx were actually also forbidden in certain "Marxist Leninist" countries. Does that make Lenin a right-winger?

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