[Marxism] [Pen-l] Leftist scholar John Coatsworth named Columbia provost

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 21 16:19:50 MST 2012

On 2/21/12 5:55 PM, Joseph Catron wrote:
> So my approach when evaluating alleged Marxists or other radicals in the
> private sector of academia is to ask: Where do they stand on the
> nationalization of their institutions?

I don't think that's important at all. That would be the last thing that 
I'd ask of Eric Foner, for example.

Thirty years ago I worked with a programmer named Gabriel who left Cuba 
a few years after Castro took power. His dad was a sergeant in Batista's 
army and he shared many of his beliefs. We became good friends but 
argued all the time about socialism.

After failing calculus repeatedly--a requirement for a computer science 
degree at CCNY--he switched majors to anthropology. Within a year he 
agreed more with me than his dad. He put it this way. His professors 
were saying the same things that I was always telling him, but he was 
more inclined to take them seriously. That's what comes with the territory.

My wife teaches at a CUNY school and she has learned that a good number 
of her colleagues are Marxists. Trust me. They are doing a good job 
getting their students to see things differently.

I for one am happy to see a left presence in the academy even if those 
professors do nothing than get their students to read David Harvey or 
John Bellamy Foster. We need more students graduating who have been 
exposed to Marxist ideas, not fewer.

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