On Thu, 9 May 2002, Riccardo Bellofiore wrote: > (ii) Vitale is making interventions not in 'scientific arena' but in > 'political' debate: I still don't like that style, but that's a > different thing [e.g., I suggest people going to read, say, how > Lenin, or even Luxemburg, or even Marx, wrote, I think you may > easily find same kind of phrases] Indeed. Keynes said of Marx and Engels that they had invented "a vile manner of carrying on" (paraphrase) that their followers "faithfully emulated". Keynes's snootiness apart, he has a point. Marx's personalized critiques are not very salubrious reading; I doubt whether the vituperation contributed to their effectiveness either. (Although to be fair, Marx's personal attacks do have some memorably witty moments among the dross -- that's harder for followers to emulate.) Allin Cottrell.
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