[Marxism] Question for Carrol

Jack F. Vogel jfv at trane.bluesong.net
Thu May 13 22:58:05 MDT 2004

On Tue, May 11, 2004 at 09:58:18PM -0500, Carrol Cox wrote:
> The fundamental implicit assumption of the mass of u.s. citizens in the
> "goodness" of u.s. intentions will not be changed merely by information,
> even if blared in the headlines. Facts simply do not interpret
> themselves, and facts that clash with basic assumptions are ignored or
> explained away _except_ when people find themselves engaged in political
> practice that demands a fresh look at the facts.
> Exposes will not do the anti-war movement's work for it.

	I'd like to hear more thoughts on this issue, or at least
a pointer on where to go read more on the matter.
	Many philosophical currents would agree that "facts do not
interpret themselves", or they might say there are no facts, I am
reminded of someone like Quine or Sellars.
	To me understanding this is the whole deal, and I certainly
dont feel like I have 'the answer'. What does 'interpret' the facts?
What does 'political practice' mean?

I'm addressing this to Carrol but would be happy to hear anyone's
thoughts on the topic.



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