File spoon-archives/marxism-thaxis.archive/marxism-thaxis_1996/96-10-29.043, message 88

Date: Sun, 27 Oct 1996 12:24:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: M-TH: marxian, marxist

On Sun, 27 Oct 1996, Chris M. Sciabarra wrote:

> On the other hand, I've often used the term "Marxist" in a purely
> ideological or political manner -- somebody who favors the political goals
> implicit in Marx's writings, namely, the abolition of capitalism, the
> hegemony of the proletariat, etc.  I suspect that one could be a Marxian
> analyst -- one who uses Marx's categories of analysis -- without being a
> Marxist -- one who accepts Marx's substantive political goals.

In prerevolutionary Russia there were a group of academics were were
"legal Marxists," so called, who used Marxists analysis because it
furthered capitalism in Russia. They were generally antisocialist.

I call mysdelf Marxist or Marxian indifferently; I suppose the former has
a slightly more militant connotation, but I don't think it matters much.


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