sabbaticals

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Sun Oct 29 10:46:45 MST 1995


On Sun, 29 Oct 1995, Jon Beasley-Murray wrote:
>
> On the other hand, it might be as good if not a better idea for some
> people (Louis included) just to slow down a little.  Perhaps work by some
> kind of rule like "just one post a day keeps the flames away."
> Whatever.  Especially now that Louis has been organizing the cyberseminar
> (to which I'll definitely be contributing--I have a paper on fascism
> which deals with Deleuze and Guattari, Reich, and Laclau which I hope to
> put up on the archive when I can find my disk again), perhaps he
> shouldn't drop out completely.
>

Louis:

Frankly, I don't think there's enough people on the list who have a basic
Marxist framework in order to make a seminar worthwhile. People who want
to talk about what Deleuze or Poulantzas have to say about fascism, with
all due respect, are really following a different discipline than I am.

This is one of the reasons I am getting a little tired of the Marxism
list. You have 3 absolutely distinct groups of people who are sharing the
same space:

1) Cultural theorists like yourself.

2) Academic specialists in Marx who discuss the LTV or dialectics the way
some professors make an industry out of Jane Austen.

3) Political activists like myself who want to *apply* Marxism in the way
he did originally: to overthrow capitalism and lay the foundations for
socialism.

It is hard to post just once a day when you've become a lightning-rod as
I have. I think my best bet is to stay above the fray and return in
January. I will be conducting independent research on fascism and post a
*long* report on the phenomena in January. In the meantime, I encourage
everybody else, including the deep thinker Stuart Sherman, to step
forward and grace us with their insights.



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