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Appendix 7. Aníbal Ponce’s ‘Marginal Notes’

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The publication of Marx's article in the first issue of Dialéctica was preceded by Aníbal Ponce's 'marginal notes', in which he totally identified himself with its contents. Ponce attempted to salvage the three references Marx had made to the political ideas of the "Liberator". The first, regarding the Bolivian Code; the second, Bolivar's attitude to Páez; and thirdly, the Panama Congress. Ponce's marginal notes, and, indeed, his decision to publish Marx's article, were motivated by the explicitly political concern of challenging the theories of certain Latin-American nationalists and anti-imperialists, such as Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre and José Vasconcelos. Ponce's obstinate rationalism led him to disregard what Marx himself knew perfectly well, namely the reasons behind the taste for despotism throughout human history: 'The mythopoeic power of popular fantasy has always shown itself in the creation of "great men".

Keywords: Aníbal Ponce; Marginal Notes; Marx



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