[Marxism] Shades of Alan Sokal?

Ian Pace ian at ianpace.com
Tue Jul 26 18:08:01 MDT 2011


From: Louis Proyect

> For me the biggest problem was Sokal being perceived as some kind of
Marxist. When you reduce his arguments to their essence, they are a call
for a free marketplace of ideas.

No, I think he's somewhere between a rationalist and an empiricist - those 
who call for a free marketplace of ideas would gauge the value of such ideas 
purely on their market utility. This is emphatically not Sokal's position.

> He calls himself a socialist but he is really much more of a liberal.
I have him down more as a 'left social democrat' - but I think such people 
are worth engaging with.

Solidarity,
Ian 





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