Cockburn and Women

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at SPAMOREGON.UOREGON.EDU
Fri Nov 12 18:29:41 MST 1999



On Fri, 12 Nov 1999, Louis Proyect wrote:

> feuding is about. All these people--Henwood, Christopher Hitchens,
> Cockburn, Jeff St. Clair, Ken Finkelstein, Kathe Pollitt, Wendy Kaminer and
> Adolph Reed--travel in the same general circles. They are leftist
> journalists with tangential connections to Marxism,
> None of them ever belonged to radical groups, or if they did it
> was a moment in their writing career. They don't know what it takes to make
> a leaflet, organize a forum, get candidates on the ballot, build a
> demonstration, etc. Neither do they have much knowledge of literature in
> the Marxist tradition.

You mean, they've read Marx and committed the unholy sin of disagreesing
with you. And what tradition might this be? Does this nameless
tradition include such epochal dialecticians as Sartre, Adorno and the
Frankfurt School, Fredric Jameson and Pierre Bourdieu? If not, then your
tradition is disqualified from talking seriously about late 20th century
politics.

Getting nostalgic for the Thirties is insane. 25% unemployment, global
Fascism and world wars are nightmares noone should have to live through;
the fact that these things are no longer acceptable in places like the
European Union should be taken as a sign of progress.

-- Dennis










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