The collision over Parenti and Stalinism took me by surprise. Since I am now
a reactionary moralist all over the planet when I signed up for the internet
for some leftist solidarity, I can elect to go down fighting, and probably
outlive the next round of tragedy, as sure to come farce.
Since we, or I behind blocking software, are into the reasons for mass
murder, I could list, next to the other Marx critiques, the old book by
Tucker, Philosophy and Myth in Karl Marx. It is a spent shell now, from the
Cold War, but of enduring interest because the same mistakes always resurrect
from the obscurity of Left Hegelian schizophrenia over Hegel and Marx. They
are not so far apart as one might think.
Tucker's book has flaws, and collapses, which is unfortunate, since it is
easy to find grounds for rejecting it. But, ideology apart, it shows the
power of negation, ironically, to distill Hegel, albeit in slightly clicheed
form, at the bottom line: viz. was Stalin a world historical individual
justified in the Hegelian terms never mentioned in public, or else subsumed
unconsciously, in his disregard of morality?
Asked consciously we see the absurdity of leftist tactics (I think the
current generation has found better things to do on the left than rehash
this, but then you never know).
Then this unconscious reasoning has always lurked in the whole conception of
a left, and it's time to at least be clear at the beginning where one stands.
Old bourgeois morality isn't going away in another round of this game.
Tucker's book, unfortunately, misses the point in some ways, as seen by his
treatment of Kant, and his Freudian attitude toward the noumenon. But it is
still interesting, and better considered by the left than the usual rightists
who made a fetish of it in Cold War service it rendered.
As to world historical individual a la Hegel, we can see with Hegel that the
whole thing was a total waste, an immense sacrifice for nothing, precisely
because Hegel's perception simply didn't add up. The trap is to forget the
Old Owl of Miverva. We can look backward to see the sense in which Hegel on
Caesar had a point, but we can't apply that thinking toward the future, with
And no it won't help to say Marx delivered the left from Hegel.
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