[Marxism] Thoughts for Polanski apologists, by another woman raped at 13.

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 2 13:40:57 MDT 2009

Jeff wrote:
> Thanks for posting this Pat. Because you have finally identified the reason
> that any such debate has been occurring on this list. Namely insensitivity
> to rape (and latent sexist ideologies that feed that insensitivity).

This is unmitigated bullshit. We discussed the OJ trial on the Marxism 
list that preceded this one. The entire liberal blogosphere, as well as 
the Nation Magazine, Huffington Post, Salon.com et al, are discussing 
this. So is the bourgeois press.

People have differences over this matter. When you accuse one side of 
being misogynist, it cuts off discussion. Period. This is the sort of 
crap that the CP was infected by in the late 1940s when the witch-hunt 
was gathering steam. People got thrown out for having male chauvinist or 
racist attitudes, usually at the same time that they were uncomfortable 
with the party's drift. We need to keep these kinds of charges to an 
absolute minimum if we are generally interested in a free exchange of ideas.

The god-damned prosecutor in the case has just now told the media that 
he was *lying* in the documentary about Polanski when he told them that 
he was in cahoots with the judge. This is absolutely mind-boggling and 
makes the legal system in the USA even more arbitrary than usual. There 
are important legal and political questions in this case that transcend 
Polanski, just as there were in the OJ Simpson case.

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