A strange phenomenon best illustrated by a series of USENET
posts archived at the Critiques of Libertarianism
site. One poster quoted Marx
, who was in turn quoting Adam Smith
-- unbeknownst to the rest of the audience. A Smith devotee proceeded to attack what he thought was a Marxian critique of invisible hand
. The original poster revealed his trickery, and good fun was had by all
(except for the one who made a fool
out of himself.)
Also illustrated by the relentless attacks made upon Murray Bookchin
by the Bey/Zerzan crowd, for he acknowledged the cogency of much of the contribution of Marx. Bookchin, a Marxist
? What!? In a pig's eye
he is! Sooner George Will
a Marxist than Bookchin.
Folks, if you're not familiar with anything beyond The Communist Manifesto
, it's intellectually dishonest to pretend otherwise. I'm certainly not a Marxist, but I'm not a knee-jerk anti-Marxist, either.