Why I Love/Hate Louis Proyect

Jim Jaszewski jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Fri Nov 17 19:31:51 MST 1995


	After a perceptive look at the `New Left' influence on today's
marxists, and its fading echos,

On Fri, 17 Nov 1995, Louis N Proyect wrote:

> Finally, on the subject of the "quality" of the discussion on the list.
> This is an unmoderated list, so we can not block the sophomoric
> contributions of some maladjusted men. (By the way, cursing and geekiness
> on the net seems to be a male phenomenon whatever the subject.) But this
> is looking at only one aspect of the list. The seminar we are having on
> fascism, and the discussion recently concluded on the civil war in former
> Yugoslavia, is as high-level as any taking place in any academic
> institution in the world today. Where else would you find graduate
> students, workers, "wise-use" advocates exchanging ideas almost in
> real-time about some of the most important political questions facing
> humanity today. This list will always have an cacophonous aspect as long
> as it is unmoderated, but I prefer it that way. Life itself is
> cacophonous. This is not a faculty lounge, this is the electronic
> equivalent of real points of view, and real disturbances, that exist in
> society. Get used to it. Our goal (at least mine) is socialism and there
> is a lot of fractiousness and disgusting behavior that we must pass
> through to achieve our goal.

	This is why I love Louis.  This is near sublime (for those of you
who might have trouble seeing it... :)  I think that the Truth of it is
self-evident (speaking of echos...)

	Now -- wouldn't you want to put up with the occasional dyspeptic
outburst for this (not to mention the odd Machiavellianesque manipulation)??

	Same goes for Ralph.

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