Unabomber as Thinker

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Sat Sep 30 16:49:04 MDT 1995


T I M  W O L F O R T H:

>            (clip)                 We need to learn how to invigilate mass
> society as we do not have the option of abandoning it under socialism any
> more than under capitalism.
>

Louis Proyect:

Now finally Tim has hit the nail on the head! We certainly must learn how
to invigilate mass society as we do not have the option of abandoning
it. Couldn't agree more.

Just the other day I was having coffee with my Columbia colleagues Eric
Foner and Edward Said and I was telling the two of them something very
similar. I said, "You know, Ed and Eric, I have come to the conclusion that the
chief difference between utopian communism and democratic socialism
is that the former denies the awareness of the topographical reinscription of
a deterritorialization motif and privileges a universalized situation that
can indeed lead to a dangerous discontinuity between subject and
object."

They nodded emphatically. It felt so good to be understood.



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