Re: Mysticism and Monopoly Capitalism.

Sat, 14 Oct 1995 01:37:32 -0400

On Fri, 13 Oct 1995 wrote:

> Shawgi Tell recently posted a diatribe against my proposal that religon
> can be examined both in its realtion to economics and other ways. She did
> not critique me on the issues but chose to harrangue me with assumptions
> about my politics and without actually knowing anything about me.
> She also supposed that we are to be impressed with quoptations from Lenin.
> When did Lenin become some sort of prophet?
> I never stated that I beleive that America was classless, etc. So with
> you all witnessing I will ask her some questions
> Why don't you critique my position rather than these ad hominum attacks
> on me? Why not just state your case rather than hiding behind labels and
> quotations? Marxist thought is very interesting, except when Marx and
> Lenin are quoted as if they represent some sort of biblical prophet.
> I am more impressed by reasoned arguments than ideological
> demonstrations. I am willing to listen to views other than my own, if you
> have a postion to present, than fpresent it. Dismissing something as
> bourgeois is not an argument, it equivalent to someone dismissing an
> argument by simply labelling it "marxist". Labels are not an argument!!!!
> I also cannot imagine why are you so enamored with a tyrant. I
> consider Lenin and the Soviet Tyranny to be a betrayel of Marx's dream for a
> better society. The gulags, torture and terror did not begin with Stalin.
> In the quest for social justice, the history of this century has demonstrated
> that the ends do not necessarily justify the means. What happens that social
> justice somehow gets lost along the way.

I appreciate your enthusiastic response to my "diatribe," but I am convinced
you have neither scrutinized nor understand Marxism-Leninism. I say this
respectfully and apologize if I offended you. By the way, I am a "he."

Shawgi Tell
University at Buffalo
Graduate School of Education