[Marxism] To Vivek Chibber
acpollack2 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 29 06:59:37 MDT 2013
I wasn't there, but have a question. Was it heckling, which implies
sustained interruption, or one (inappropriate) crack from Vivek telling
Louis to shut up?
By the way, with regard to Aaron's citing of standard Leninist procedure
for stopping violence within the left: Several of us WERE ready at last
night's plenary to make sure Louis did not carry out his implied threat.
On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> Rule #1: YOU MUST clip all extraneous text when replying to a message.
> Dear Professor Chibber,
> I have established that you were the person who interrupted me during the
> discussion period during the workshop on Neil Davidson's new book on the
> bourgeois revolution this morning at the Historical Materialism conference
> at NYU. I didn't quite hear what you were saying, but it sounded something
> like "What is your question...get to the point."
> Of the three workshops I attended today, not a single chairperson said
> something along those uncharitable lines. By and large, people made much
> longer comments than me and far more in the name of some sect--the sort of
> thing that wastes time.
> It was all the more unexpected to hear this from you since you were not a
> chairperson, number one, and number two you were going to be speaking at a
> closing plenary session on Sunday night to an audience of hundreds.
> Frankly, I thought it was very petty for you to interrupt me in that manner
> considering the power you exercise both at NYU in your capacity as
> associate professor and as someone who has written dozens of articles in
> places like the HM journal or NLR on the questions under debate. You
> couldn't wait for me to complete my 3 minute intervention while you have
> had the opportunity to defend your ideas on the Brenner thesis to a broad
> swath of the left community owing to your hard earned intellectual capital
> as a recipient of many highly coveted and prestigious awards.
> I honestly don't know why you walked out immediately after making your
> remarks because I would have liked to take them up with you face to face.
> Don't worry, I have no interest in taking them up with you any further
> since I have said all I have to say at this point on the Marxism mailing
> list. My only advice is not to pull this bullshit on me ever again or you
> will truly regret it.
> Yours truly,
> Louis Proyect
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