Ingliz wrote:You agree that an ideology is a construct.
But it is not a random
construct. It is an expression of the material reality that comes about dialectically. Hence:
Ingliz wrote:It [the dialectic] not mentioned because it is irrelevant to my argument.
Is quite incorrect. The method in which an ideology comes about is ultimate dialectical
, like everything else.
Ingliz wrote:Therefore, you must agree that, notionally, to achieve a political aim, I can construct whatever emotion laden, myth-saturated ideology I please, cobbled together from any ideas that suit, as long as it is internally coherent enough to inspire belief in others to act in my interest.
While I agree that it is possible to do this, it is quite un-Marxist. It is not dialectical, nor is it grounded in Materialism. I could certainly say that, in order to become Emperor [achieve a political aim] Napoleon could declare that he was both the ultimate realization of ancient Roman custom and the infallible living embodiment of the republican Revolution [construct whatever emotion laden, myth-caturated ideology cobbled together from any ideas that suit] and use my military to back it up [make it internally coherent enough to inspire belief in others to act in my interest].
But that hardly means that Napoleon was a Marxist, or that he was correct in declaring, "I am the revolution," while he was Consul-For-Life.
Nor, does it mean that the declaration became true materially because he attempted to come up with an ideological justification for it. Napoleon did not last as emperor, there was a restoration in France, and Napoleon died in exile. In this case, Napoleon, "doesn't recognize dialectics but dialectics does not permit him to escape from its net."
Ingliz wrote:Why can't Stalin?
He can, and arguably did. But this underlines him not being a Marxist, if that's the argument you want to make. Marxism is dialectic-materialism. To ignore the dialectic, and ignore materialism in favor of reducing Lenin to an, "emotion lade, myth-satured ideology...cobbled together from any ideas that suit, as long as it is internally coherent enough to inspire belief in others to act in my interest," is certainly not Leninism; nor is it Marxist.
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