list info--marxism. please READ
Jonathan P. Beasley-Murray
jpb8 at acpub.duke.edu
Fri Sep 23 13:45:27 MDT 1994
The list has been down for a while (I'm not sure how long). If you have
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messages are failing; otherwise we usually assume it's just quiet.
As the response to the idea of a group reading has been less than
over-whelming, that remains on hold for the moment.
I have been taking advantage of the relative lack of marxism list
activity to clear up and update the list's "info" packet,
and wondered if anyone had any suggestions for further changes, either
substantive (re. the purpose of the list) or in terms of presentation and
clarity. The text follows. Please send suggestions to me via private
If you deleted it the first time you
subscribed to the list, I suggest you save it now.
jpb8 at acpub.duke.edu
Welcome to MARXISM. Please read and save the following message. It is in
several parts: current activity, general, administration possibilities,
purpose of the list, and list 'etiquette.'
**current activity (September 23rd):
The Labour Theory of Value debate continues!
It seem the plan to conduct a reading in the near future has been
shelved, at least temporarily.
Any suggestions for the list will be welcomed. Jump in with what interests
you, and please introduce yourself.**
The list does not currently have a digest function (though we are working on
it), but it does now have an archive; please email jpb8 at acpub.duke.edu for
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