marxism-digest V1 #5242

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Dec 5 10:55:49 MST 2002

James Daly wrote:
> So I thought there had been a complete break with the attitude expressed in
> the phrase used by some Marxists "You can't make an omelette without
> breaking eggs". Was I wrong?

No, you weren't wrong. But we have to cut people slack here. Email lists
are a different kind of communication than panel discussions organized
by the Socialist Scholars Conference or Zizek in Essen. You are by
yourself with the computer. You see some phosphorescent characters in
front of you and you react by typing something in yourself and hitting
the send icon in your email program. Mark Jones does not have any kind
of military or police power at his disposal. If he did, he'd probably
not be participating on Marxmail where it is very difficult to enforce
one's views. In any case, the problem of authoritarianism will
ultimately be resolved historically as a function of the relationship of
class forces in a living revolution, not on a forum like this.


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