What's this marxism at xxxxxxx thing?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jul 31 14:11:26 MDT 2003


I've decided to reinstate the email addresses. When we move to Hans's
server, we will readdress the "100 Latest" question.

In the meantime, a word or two about what Les said:

"Lou and I were told some putz -- ex SWP'er, now rightwinger -- was
tracking posts to marxmail. there were __rumours__ he was also grabbing
select email addresses and passing then along to right wing organizations."

Just a heads up. This is a reference to Greg Yardley, a callow youth who
spent a brief time in the Canadian party that was aligned with the
American SWP. I was contacted by him about six months ago with respect
to publicly available financial records kept by the West Street
Foundation of the SWP, which revealed that they lost a ton of money on
"new economy" stocks, a fact that I reported here.

Yardley has morphed into a rightwinger and works as a researcher for
David Horowitz. He also runs a website called "commiewatch" at:

http://yardley.blogspot.com/2003_07_01_yardley_archive.html

It is basically a cyber version of the kind of newsletter that came out
in the 1950s with reports on who attended a Spanish Civil War benefit in
1939, etc. I would strongly urge anybody who hears from this rattlesnake
to ignore him. Ooops, apologies to all the good rattlesnakes out there.
I meant cockroach.

Unlike the period described by Lillian Hellman as "scoundrel time", the
post-1960s period has been virtually free of these kinds of rightwing
conversions. Except for Horowitz, Eugene Genovese and Ronald Radosh, I
can't think of too many others who have learned to worship the dollar
and the B-52. (Even Hitchens is forced to retain a little bit of
leftwing rhetoric--even if just for the time being.)

However, Yardley did not really participate in the struggles of the
1960s. He was not even a in a wink in his father's eye at the time. He
just wandered into the Canadian socialist movement like somebody
knocking on the wrong door. To give this vermin some credit, his
political evolution to the right is described rather candidly on his
website. If this is the kind of character who is being recruited to
ruling class ideology nowadays, god help them.

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Hello, everybody.

I'm Greg Yardley, I'm twenty-six, and I feel like I'm on top of the
world. Wonderful wife, great job, and a comfortable living. Of course, I
came at it in such a backwards, accidental way.

I was born in rural Ontario, and left as soon as I could to do something
- anything - away from my small town. Since I was good at math in my
cow-town high school, I figured I'd become an engineer. Big mistake. I
didn't like engineering, you see, so I quickly became miserable. After a
couple years of moping, I hooked up with a more interesting crowd,
started attending 'Militant Labor Forums', and before I knew it, I'd
dropped out of school and fallen headfirst in a communist cult. I spent
the next year being the revolutionary Avon lady in a variety of Toronto
factories and filling my head full of Marxist claptrap; luckily, my
laziness saved me - I just wasn't up for those sixteen-hour days, and I
dropped out of the cult from sheer exhaustion.

Along the way I met the woman who'd become my wife, a smart
Indian-Canadian Marxist who I admired more than anyone. She cleaned me
up, got me back into school - a History degree, this time around - and
saved my doughy behind. Unfortunately, she didn't quite realize what an
amoral jerk I was. (Too much Marxism does that to some people.) The
marriage went south - entirely my fault - and, newly single, so did I,
off to Stanford University in sunny California to get a Ph.D. in Russian
history. I crossed the border to the U.S. on September 9th, 2001.

It's a shame I never really, deeply wanted to be an academic; when I
decided to go back to school and become a professor, it was mainly
because I despised capitalism and wanted to avoid the free market. One
problem: after being out of the communist cult, my capitalism-hating
gradually wore off. I rather reluctantly concluded that as much as I
disliked capitalism, it was better than all the other alternatives. I
didn't fear the market any more. And those sixteen-hour days in grad
school were clashing with my inherent laziness, just like those
sixteen-hours days in the communist cult. I decided I wanted out. I
picked up my M.A. and ran.

Two extremely fortuitous events happened while I was in Calfornia. First
of all, I met my second wife, who is the most awesome wife ever. (Well,
actually, I met her on a website for body piercing afficionados - long
story - but California's where the magic happened.) In spite of my own
self-destructive self, we managed to get married in March 2003 (Vegas
wedding, baby!) and have been stupendously happy since. Second,
Stanford's local commies got on my nerves. I wrote an article about them
and sent it off blind to FrontPage Magazine, a project of the Center for
the Study of Popular Culture. Well, they liked it, and now I'm a staff
member. It's a terrific job, and David Horowitz is a great boss. I work
on oh-so-top-secret projects (not really, but not yet released projects)
for CSPC, and I have a blast.

This blog is going up to share my hobby with the world - I enjoy meeting
and hearing from other amateur commie-watchers. We'll see how much I use
it. I suspect most people who start a blog give up on it after a little
while. If you're reading this, hi.



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