LBO-Talk charges

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at SPAMOREGON.UOREGON.EDU
Sun Nov 21 15:23:01 MST 1999

On Sun, 21 Nov 1999, Louis Proyect wrote:

> The other key question was politics. Leaving aside the fact that he even
> began to be taken seriously (which, in my opinion, reflects transition
> problems at MR), Rakesh was completely hostile to the mission of MR. He
> strongly identifies with the late Paul Mattick who regarded Bolshevism as
> evil. He is also a "state capitalist" who thinks that a socialist
> revolution never took place in Russia. If he took over the books department
> at MR, he would have been in a very poor position to evaluate new titles
> based on the traditions of the press.

Lou, this disturbs me. First of all, the decision is not yours to make, so
I'm not even sure why you're regaling us with all this information.
Second, every candidate for a job must be taken seriously (due to a little
thing called civil rights enforcement) until the final decision is made.
You can get ticked off at a search process for an important job, sure,
everyone gripes about this stuff, including me. But to label someone The
Antichrist and an enemy of MR is so... early 20th century. Don't we need
to start getting beyond this tendency of lambasting anyone who disagrees
with us, on even the slightest level, as the Spawn of the Great
Capitalist Satan?

-- Dennis

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