[OPE-L:7161] fundamentalism

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Mon May 13 2002 - 16:21:32 EDT

In [7l57] Riccardo wrote:

> What's wrong in being "fundamentalist"? 

Fundamentalism and Orthodoxy are terms which have 
strong  *religious*  connotations.  They are terms 
suggestive of an attitude towards a subject matter which 
is, IMO, deeply  and profoundly anti-Marxist.  

Perhaps the terms were adopted (IMO, mistakenly)
because they were first used in a dismissive way by
critics and so rather than challenge the designations
they simply adopted them?  E.g. consider the origins
of  "Queer Theory".  

Who was the first self-described  "Orthodox Marxist"? 
(Kautsky perhaps? ... by early XX Century, it was a  
commonly used  self-designation for many Marxists).   
Who was the first  "Marxist  fundamentalist"? (origins
in the early l970's or before?).

In solidarity, Jerry

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