[Marxism] Marxmail's fifteenth anniversary

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 2 10:33:49 MDT 2013

On 5/2/13 12:18 PM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
> Hmmm... all of a sudden I have this image of Louis and Vivek wearing capes
> and standing 20 paces apart in the morning mist, and all of a sudden they
> break out in shouts:

I don't want to belabor the point, but the idea that I would punch an 
NYU professor in the mouth for interrupting me during the Q&A of a HM 
conference is ridiculous. Trust me, I really was seething with anger 
when I wrote my open letter and only wrote about him "regretting" any 
decision to interrupt me again because I literally could not get back to 
sleep that night unless I wrote something that wiped the grin off his 
smug, donnish face.

Here's the point. Punching somebody in the mouth is a class E felony in 
NY carrying a sentence of 1.5 to 4 years. Does anybody in their right 
mind think that I would risk going to prison for more than a year to get 
"revenge" over trying to shut me up about merchant capital? You have to 
be insane to think that. I wouldn't spend 12 hours in a jail cell to get 
satisfaction from a "political Marxist". I get my revenge by writing 
rude and sarcastic take-downs of his ideas on my blog, not by using my 

Also, in terms of Adolfo dueling an ideological adversary. That has more 
in common with Howard Stern than Lassalle. Adolfo, who I always liked as 
a person even when he was driving me nuts with his politics, is into 
operatic self-dramatization just like me. His bark is much worse than 
his bite.

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