[Marxism] Michael Berube's war on the left

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 27 11:34:13 MST 2009

Skimming through Michael Berube’s newly published Eustonesque manifesto 
“The Left at War”, I stumbled across a reference to yours truly in 
chapter one. The good professor grouped me with 9/11 truthers and Bob 
Avakian, as people not worth his while to attack. The book, you see, was 
going after bigger game, like Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman and other 
enemies of humane, liberal values. It appears that I didn’t rate, 
because I was just an Internet phenomenon:

	Likewise, if I wanted to engage with the divagations [a fancy word for 
ramblings] of the radical left online, I would include figures like 
Louis Proyect, a Columbia University computer programmer whose name is 
well known to far-left listservs and blogs, and who is capable of 
writing things like, “To the credit of the late Slobodan Milosevic and 
to Saddam Hussein, who now is on trial for his life in another kangaroo 
court, they never bowed down. In life and in death, these imperfect men 
will always remind us of the need to resist the injustice perpetrated by 
states acting out of perfect evil. “

The words were my conclusion to an article in Swans titled The 
Demonization And Death Of Slobodan Milosevic that I certainly stand by. 
  In keeping with this put-down and subsequent railings against Chomsky, 
Edward Herman and Diana Johnstone, you will not find any substance to 
Berube’s complaint, which usually takes the form of a sputtering “how 
dare they!” Since so much of the book is a diatribe about positions the 
left took on Yugoslavia, one would hope that the good professor might 
have taken the trouble to explain how critics of NATO’s war were wrong 
either on the facts or logic. But such matters do not interest him. He 
is much more at home in the ethereal realm of morality and global 
governance pirouetting with the angels.

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