[Marxism] Neoconservatives and Trotskyism

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Mon Mar 22 19:30:45 MST 2004


C-SPAN in the 1980s (and probably thereafter) used to cover these very
well-heeled academic/political conferences on rethinking "the Sixties".
These featured repentant "radicals," whose credentials were, to say the
very least, suspect.  They were people who said that they had been
faculty advisors for SDS chapters or had been in the SDS or some such
open-ended organization or even that they had just gone to
demonstrations.

Listening to these intellectual prostitutes obviously recalled the story
of previous "radical" defectors, but it also raised a strong issue in my
mind about the radicalism of those earlier defectors as well.  At
various points, there's a market for radical intellectuals eager to
publicize their own conversion to the wonderful world of corporate
America for the right price.  And it takes nothing to auction oneself as
a radical in that market.

Best,
Mark L.








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