A proposal for a moderated list

Jeffrey Booth booth2 at husc.harvard.edu
Fri Aug 30 08:40:57 MDT 1996

Louis P.,
	 Sign me up for your cyber seminar.  Give me some bastard like
Adorno to read.

			-- Jeff Booth

On Thu, 29 Aug 1996, Louis N Proyect wrote:

> Louis Godena's thoughtful and substantial remarks on Foucault the
> other day points us in the type of direction we need to go.
> Louis, a factory worker, has more to say about this subject than
> anybody on the Foucault mailing list, I would suspect. After all, when
> it comes to power relationships, what better place to experience it than
> in a factory.
> Now that M1 and M2 are going away, I am hopeful that the artificial
> line between academic "theorists" and activists can be abolished.
> Communists on the shop-floor should be talking about Foucault while
> tenured professors should be discussing the new Labor Party. The
> division between M1 and M2 was harmful.
> I have a proposal for a mailing list that I would like to moderate. Last
> April when Adolfo and I were breaking furniture over each other's
> head, I proposed a "cyberseminar" on the question of the revolutionary
> potential of the working-class. I am interested in a close study of the
> writings of a number of "Western Marxists" who have in common a
> certain skepticism about the unilinear radicalization and fight for state
> power by the proletariat of the advanced capitalist countries.
> Their writings represent a certain dialectic of defeat and include
> Lukacs, Gramsci, Adorno, etc. I am also interested in studying replies
> to these thinkers from more traditional Marxists such as Ernest
> Mandel, etc. I would also like to include more recent Marxist analyses
> of the working-class in the United States written by Mike Davis and
> Kim Moody. I would assume that comrades from other countries could add
> some other studies to the list in the same vein.
> This list will put demands on people's time and energy but the payoff
> can be enormous. With respect to Adam Rose's concern about the
> discussion being restricted to the list, I would make every effort to
> circulate substantial contributions to the main moderated list.
> Please get in touch with me if you would like to register for this list
> which carries 4 credits.
> Louis Proyect
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