[Marxism] Joseph Weydemeyer and the Roswell Crash
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Mon Mar 6 13:32:02 MST 2006
On Mon, 6 Mar 2006 14:46:38 -0500 (GMT-05:00), rrubinelli wrote:
> was because.... was because secret documents will show, if ever
> found, that Marx and Engels were actually on their way to Cuba
> to train Antonio Maceo in the tactics necessary for the
> upcoming great struggle.
Actually Georg Weerth, one of the editors of the "Neue Rheinische
Zeitung" (New Rhenanian Gazette) was on his way to Cuba, where he wanted
to settle down and open a business. Unfortunately he died of yellow
feaver. That is probably why the Fidelistas did not have the full and
correct Marxist line to begin with...
As to Charles Brown and his belief that Engels' military writings have
had a decisive influence (or any influence at all) on the course of the
US Civil War -- well, when one knows just his writings, and sees one of
his ideas like a "this is the way they should advance" to be realized by
the actual military leaders, then it is dear to the heart to believe
that those really did take the idea from Engels.
But I don't think that this was the case. Military strategy and
tactics is dictated by the actual material conditions on the ground, not
by philosophical ideas and geniusses. And when the material conditions
are as they are, and there is a necessity and a possibility to find the
best solution to the challenge, then the right solution will come up for
more then one person.
Like the telephone which was invented in at least four countries and
by as many people: Graham Bell in the USA, Philip Reis in Germany, some
Italien (whose name I have forgotten), and it is claimed that even in
Cuba a medical doctor invented the telephone (without making a business
of it). The time was ripe for it.
Engels did write a lot about military matters -- he earned the
nickname "General" for that among his friends -- but he was not
recognized internationally in military circles as being a competent
specialist to listen to. He wrote journalistic articles, and articles
for a commercial undertaking, this encyclopedia started by the editor of
the New York Tribune. But would anybody consult the British Encyclopedia
as a military handbook? The closest was his pamphlet "Po and Rhine"
published anonymously in 1859, which some readers believed to be
authored by a Prussian general.
Charles Brown's obsession with Engels military expertise as a central
source of military prowess of the Civil War generals reminds me somewhat
of one trait of the US SWP's sectarianism with their translation of the
Christian claim of Jesus saying "you can't come to god but thru me" into
the political as "you can't become a proletarian revolutionary but thru
us, since we are the revolutionary continuity", and nobody else will
ever achieve to master Marxism except by learing it from us. At the
beginning some sort of creation must have taken place...
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