Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Sep 19 12:06:18 MDT 1995

On Tue, 19 Sep 1995, Jim Jaszewski wrote:

> heard).  Academics and wannabees (which abound on this list) are
> notorious for gab and not for dealing with more concrete issues.

Look, Jim, the people who have complained are Tom Condit, Chris Burford,
Doug Henwood, Lisa Rogers and myself. Lisa is the only person in this
group who is an academic. Tom and I have been politically active for over
30 years each. Tom's complaint, and it's a valid one, is that when he's
looking through the digest, he doesn't want to see 50% of it or more
taken up by your lengthy cross-postings from other newsgroups. If you
wanted to provide a service to the list, you could simply post once a
week with a list of titles of the most important articles from
the 'misc.activism.progressive' newsgroup, where most of this stuff is
available. Then people would have the option of checking in there
themselves if they wanted more information.

The reason I participate in this list is that I want to step back from
day to day struggles like those of the Zapatistas and zero in on the
broader theoretical issues. This is not primarily a list for unschooled,
plain-vanilla radicals or leftists like yourself, although you're not
excluded by any means. This is a list for Marxists who are trying to get to
the bottom of some thorny core issues.

When I saw the length of your message on the Kurdish struggle, the only
conclusion I could draw is that you have decided to continue "spamming"
our list. Although the next step is up to our moderators, if it was up to
me, I'd be taking this issue up with the postmaster of the freenet you
belong to. One of the things that this list is about is social relations.
We are trying to build respect for one another even when we have strong
political disagreements. You are bent on acting in an anti-social, and, by
implication, anti-socialist manner, and this list should figure out a way
to defend itself.

These are my personal opinions and I will having nothing more to say on
the JAZZ SPAM question.

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