Re: [OPE] Marx: 'The Possibility of Non-Violent Revolution'

From: paul bullock <>
Date: Sun Jan 11 2009 - 21:05:38 EST

Thanks Jerry,

maybe it was that footnote that I vaguely and wrongly remembered. I didn't bother to obtain Tucker's book since it created the same impression it seems to have left with you. Finally of course we are all 'neurotic', it is a question of degree... if we weren't I think we would technically be dead ;-)


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> Jerry, if i remember correctly Tucker referred to marxism as appealing to neurotics... is this true?

  Hi Paul B:

  I don't recall. I can say, though, that I was never impressed with his writings on Marx
  and Marxists.

  He does refer to neurosis in his book, but it is in a footnote
  and is part of a quotation from Ruhle's biography of Marx.
  Ruhle wrote that "Unquestionably Marx was a neurotic". I
  am not convinced by Ruhle's position: he might have been neurotic
  or he might not have been. I'm not a psychiatrist and, in any
  event, whether he was or was not would neither repudiate or
  substantiate his political perspectives and his critique of
  political economy.

  In solidarity, Jerry


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