Rudeness on the Marxism list
Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Wed Oct 25 08:15:47 MDT 1995
I see that TimW333521 is offended by my rudeness.
There's a lot of rudeness on this list. People throw tantrums, they go up
to their rooms and sulk, they come back when they feel better. This is
not a faculty lounge. This is not some left-wing sect where a guru like Jim
Robertson, TimW333521 or Jack Barnes can get up and say whatever pops
into their noggin and look out into an audience of fawning, grinning
This list is more like a holiday dinner of an extended and very
dysfunctional family. Some of us are drunk, others are talking to
themselves, but everybody speaks with passion. The discussion that goes
on here is not about what text to use for a sophomore political
science course, but ultimately how to save humanity and life on the planet.
Tim, this is an unmoderated list. Nobody can tell me to soften my tone. I
"softened my tone" for the 11 years I was in the SWP and that was enough
for me. I like the tone of people like Rosa Luxemburg. Compared to what
she said to Kautsky, etc., I am like a new-age psychotherapist. Anybody
can get on the stage of the Marxism list and perform. This place is like
amateur night at the Apollo. You will not be pulled off the stage if you
bomb, you will be booed off.
That is what happened to you when you told us all a while back that we
were supporting genocide in the former Yugoslavia because we didn't
support NATO/UN intervention. This will cause sparks to fly and they did.
I have been writing non-stop about the Unabomber and red/green issues for
over a year on the list and you pretend that you are the first person
addressing these sorts of issues. To hell with you, Wolforth. You act
this way and I'll enjoy being rude to you.
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