Gorbachev, Occhetto and the Withering Away of the Socialist State

Richard Bos Richard.Bos at hagcott.meganet.co.uk
Sun Oct 6 04:11:07 MDT 1996

Hugh Rodwell wrote:
> I criticize positions, not people. Sometimes people project a very
> "personal" image of themselves in their writing, and it can be difficult to
> disentangle the individuals from their ideas in the heat of argument,
> especially when opponents personalize and goad quite shamelessly. This kind
> of battle is no great problem to understand.
> Occasionally, however, there are rather special circumstances. Some
> subscribers cover a terrible political line with a list image of sweetness
> and light. The English (or however Richard wishes to define himself) seem
> particularly adept at this. This is why I occasionally have my heavy boots
> on when dealing with posts by Chris B or Richard.
> So no special privileges for Richard, I'm afraid.
> I'm not even sure he wants any.
> Cheers,
> Hugh

I do not expect any special privaleges Hugh, but I appreciate the help
of Comrades. That is what we are here for. Each has different strengths
which should complement each other, in order to give a fuller picture.
Hopefully this is helpful to you and the others on the list.

I do not have a "list image", just me. Some people like the way I am;
some don't. I do not pretend to have all the answers, or to be able to
quote Marx and Lenin from memory. I try to talk about the work that we,
on the left do, and discuss our problems. Hopefully I can learn
something from the experience of others around the world which can help
further the cause of workers here. I have learned some useful things
>from you too, Hugh, and I hope to learn more.

It would be helpful if you would write about the work that political
that you yourself are involved in. What are your past experiences in
life that have shaped your political views? If you allowed more of your
personality into what you write, then it would be easier to understand
some of your views. Being aggressive, and repetitive does not help you
to communicate; in fact it is a barrier to communication.


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