Asunto: [Marxism] The Kafkaesque world of the Marxist Internet Archives

nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Wed Dec 1 14:51:41 MST 2004


Simply outrageous, unless a mistake of strange origin.

I have also requested that some writings by Jorge Enea Spilimbergo on the
national question, which on many points coincide with Blaut´s positions,
be included in MIA, where Jorge Abelardo Ramos has a place.

I suppose that maybe this will be rejected because Spili died on September
4, 2004.

I guess that the temperature of a physical body is a most important element
in the evaluation of the Marxist performance of a fighter and thinker.

Again: I hope this is a mistake.  In any case, if Blaut is not published
I guess Spili would have rejected the publication of his own contributions
which, believe me, are worth reading.  I abide by this hypothetical decission
and inform cdes. on this list with some word in MIA´s decissions to drop
Spili until Blaut is incorporated.

True revolutionaries do not need other peoples´ favor to make history. 
They simply do it.


>-- Mensaje original --
>Date:	Wed, 01 Dec 2004 12:46:38 -0500
>From:	Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
>To:	Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition 
>	<marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
>Subject: [Marxism] The Kafkaesque world of the Marxist Internet Archives
>Reply-To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition 
>	  <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
>
>
>Although the people working on this project are very well-meaning, I 
>have been both astonished and disappointed to learn that they have 
>refused to include Jim Blaut's "On the National Question" there.
>
>I have been told that they only include people who have dead for some 
>time and, as you know, Jim's corpse is probably still warm. On the other
>
>hand, somebody should tap István Mészáros on the shoulder and inform him
>
>that he is no longer among the living, based on the evidence of his 
>inclusion in the MIA archives.
>
>I have also been told that they don't like "academics", but "activists".
>
>  A search of the MIA Writers Archives will produce some names not 
>ordinarily thought of in that context, from Merleau-Ponty to John Stuart
>
>Mill. Well, maybe they were selected because their last names started 
>with "M", an ostensible affinity for Karl Marx, whose last name also 
>started with an "M".
>
>Although Einde O'Callaghan and David Walters were both subbed to 
>Marxmail when Jim was alive and posting here, they must have been been

>unconscious when his posts arrived in their inboxes. Jim frequently 
>referred to his membership in the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. In fact,
>
>"The National Question" was written on assignment by the Central 
>Committee in order to answer assimilationists in the party.
>
>In any case, since I have been given another 500mb by my employer to 
>handle 9-5 requirements, I have plenty of room for Jim's books even if

>these nudniks have no use for it.
>
>Chicago Sun-Times
>November 15, 2000, WEDNESDAY
>
>James M. Blaut; teacher, activist
>
>BY NEIL STEINBERG
>
>An impassioned supporter of the downtrodden, James M. "Jim" Blaut 
>devoted much of his scholarship to debunking a "Eurocentric" view of the
>
>world.
>
>A professor of geography and anthropology at the University of Illinois,
>
>Mr. Blaut, 73, died of cancer Nov. 13 at Norwegian American Hospital. He
>
>was the author of numerous articles and five books on the historical and
>
>political geography of the Third World. His most recent book, Eight 
>Eurocentric Historians was released last month.
>
>The Association of American Geographers presented him with its 1997 
>Distinguished Scholar of the Year award. He pioneered the 
>microgeographic study of peasant farming, and introduced systems 
>analysis into human geography.
>
>Mr. Blaut was active and outspoken on social issues, supporting the 
>independence of Puerto Rico and participating in rallies and marches 
>against the Vietnam War.
>
>In the mid-1970s he publicly accused the University of Illinois at 
>Chicago Circle of discriminating against Latinos. In more recent years,

>he spoke in support of Palestinian rights to Jerusalem.
>
>Born in New York City, Mr. Blaut came to Chicago at age 16 to attend the
>
>University of Chicago. After graduating, he did his postgraduate work at
>
>the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad, completing his
>
>Ph.D. at Louisiana State University.
>
>He then held academic positions at Yale, Cornell and College of the 
>Virgin Islands and was director of the Caribbean Research Institute and

>a professor and acting chairman of the geography department at the 
>University of Puerto Rico.
>
>Survivors include his wife, America (Meca) Sorrentini, and a daughter,

>Gini Blaut-Sorrentini. Burial will be in Puerto Rico on Thursday.
>
>
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