moderation, list purpose
Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Thu Feb 1 09:56:37 MST 1996
You are not being fair, Lisa. When I said these things the other day I
was uttering false ideas. My ideas have been corrected and I now stand by
my new ideas.
Louis "Mad Dog" Proyect
On Wed, 31 Jan 1996, Lisa Rogers wrote:
> Louis N Proyect wrote:
> This has been very much on my mind lately. I am coming around to the
> opinion that, despite Jon Beasley-Murray's noble intention to combine
> activism and theory in the same place, there are really two lists
> functioning as one.
> Lisa: I'm not sure that is what Jon originally had in mind,
> actually, but I do partly agree with this view of the state of the
> LNP: However, when somebody who is an activist or a trade-unionist
> first makes their entrance on the list and sees nothing but
> [abstruse discussion of obscure specialist topics] this can be a
> little indimidating. Trust me.
> Lisa: I would say that any non-specialist would find it
> non-understandable, and that the non-interested would find it
> non-interesting. Same goes for all the vehement flailing about the
> various versions of commie history, sect-splits, who's more truly
> marxist than thou, etc. Some people find some of those kinds of
> topics to be 'intimidating', irrelevant, or something, I expect.
> The 'two classes in one room' analogy is not useful to me.
> 'Cacophony' comes from many people talking at one time. Posts are
> read one at a time, if at all. Whatever happened to the newspaper
> analogy? Or that magazine you read but skip some articles? Or the
> coffee shop where people can listen over others' shoulders and move
> around between various tables/conversations?
> LNP: But let's stop kidding ourselves. We have two clashing political
> cultures and the sooner we face this, the better off we'll be.
> Lisa: What do you mean by 'political cultures'? Here's my face. I
> think I'm well aware of some 'clashes' on this list. What am I
> missing? What is to be done? If anything?
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