Esperanto and Euro-Marxism
n.gant at genie.geis.com
n.gant at genie.geis.com
Mon Mar 13 19:56:00 MST 1995
RDUMAIN: "Just noticed in your latest message re European-German marxists
your reference to soc.culture.esperanto. Does this mean you know
Not fluent yet, slow progress with it so far. Certainly a Marxist
discussion in that would provide me with additional encouragement
and renew a greater dedication to the artificial language invented
by Dr. Zamenhoff. It is better adapted to machine translation,
that was my point. So that Americans who are usually scared of
learning other languages should have no problem with crude
electronic dictionary table look-ups done very quickly by computer.
Some very good Dutch programmers have already made that available
for low cost. Being able to overcome language barriers has
tremendous educational side-benefits. And increases political
awareness, more internationalist class-consciousness.
Unfortunately, not all of us are so gifted as Marx to be able know
fluent French, English, Russian and of course German.
Which means exposure to international Marxist ideas should not be
hindered by any of the national languages. Yes, I think Esperanto
can do that job rather well.
There should be Marxist-Esperanto or Marxist-Ido groups in Europe.
I think it is common more in the eastern European countries. Also,
I believe Noam Chomsky is an expert on linguistics, but he is an
anarchist and not a Marxist proper. Nonetheless, it would be
interesting to know his view of Esperanto in the context of its
political use-value in international information-sharing; I
think it would be quite important from a Marxist point of view.
I suspect the fact that this Marxist list is conducted exclusively
in English hinders the discussion somewhat. To overcome, as you
stated, "linguistic and national barriers in the communication of
information, which ought to [be] more important to Marxists than anyone
else" is very true. You need to have readily available, raw and
unprocessed(uncensored) information, we are already capable of
doing this, but it would seem to me an unnecessary expense of time
and money to have one or more human translators trying in the best
of intentions to be the go-between and facilitate international
Marxist exchanges here. I could be wrong, though. That is not
something I could do for sure.
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