Stalinist past

March 2, 2017

According to Richard Joyner in his appreciative review of Krishna Dronamraju’s biography of J. B. S. Haldane, Popularizing Science (Books, 23 February), J. B. S. “became a Marxist and then an apostate”. I think this should read “became a Stalinist and then an apostate”. In a letter to me in 1959, J. B. S. emphasised that although he had changed his opinions on many points of detail and emphasis as to science and Marxism, a study of India supported Marx’s views on the economic causation of ideologies in a most striking manner.

R. E. Rawles
Honorary research fellow in psychology
University College London


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