Shining Path and Ridgway

Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at umich.edu
Thu Sep 14 08:44:04 MDT 1995


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regards to the aboriginal peoples there?



Bryan Alexander
Department of English
University of Michigan
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On Thu, 14 Sep 1995, Jim Jaszewski wrote:

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> On Wed, 13 Sep 1995, Maoist Internationalist Movement wrote:
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> > > =09We're not talking about crimes during wartime -- we're talking=20
> > > about Party POLICY.
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> > MIM replies: There is a fine line between lies and polemic.=20
> > If Jim were a journalist, I'd say this is a lie, because
> > journalists are supposed to report fact. Since I read this
> > on an academic list, I take it to be more nihilism.
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> > Show us where this extreme violence you claim is party policy.
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> =09I refer you to the facts of PCP atrocities -- and don't think I'm
> forgetting that the government is much worse.=20
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> > will find people like MIM who some fraction of the time
> > run into people like Jim who seem to employ no scientific method,
> > only idealism. (I have read nothing from Jim prior to
> > joining this list three days ago, but I am responding to what
> > Jim has said to us in this short period of time.)
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> > If we judge Jim's posts these last 2 or 3 days, then yes,=20
> > we conclude that Jim does not utilize science, only comparisons
> > of real-world revolutions to his/her morally absolute principles.
> > That is a uniquely ideological exercise--common to Christianity
> > and utilization of the Ten Commandments. It has nothing to do
> > with science.
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> =09Go ahead and kick me around -- the line starts there...
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> > As we said, we respect anarchist pacifists. They are pre-scientific
> > and a great ally of the revolution in the imperialist countries.
> > (Pacifists are not so good in situations of immediate armed struggle
> > against imperialism.) Judging the last couple days, I hold out
> > some hope for Jim J. to take up consistent
> > anarchism as the way for Jim J. to blow off the maximal amount of
> > nihilist steam.
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> =09Blow it out yer EAR, Pat... (such tripe...)
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> > If Jim J. wants absolute moral principles, I cannot offer any, but
> > I can suggest the following enterprise: go to Peru; live as a Peruvian;
> > if Jim J. is willing to die of starvation or government repression
> > and is still unwilling to support the PCP violence, then Jim J. is=20
> > someone of high principle. Meanwhile, in the imperialist countries,
> > we think Jim J. is overly obsessed with the political violence
> > which he and Louis Proyect seem to to think is always about to
> > engulf them. Their fear of "Stalinists" threatening their middle-class
> > privileges is the only rational explantion for their disproportionate
> > response to the People's War in Peru.
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> =09Pat:  I see why some here don't want to have anything to do with
> you Maoists -- but I suppose that's just the lackey running-dog in me
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