[Marxism] bluff, bluster, and bullshit at CounterPunch

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Mon May 27 08:57:59 MDT 2013


On Sun, May 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

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> On 5/26/13 9:15 PM, Dennis Brasky wrote:
>> “Paul LeBlanc speaking at the British SWP conference, Vivek Chibber, a
>> gang
>> of twenty-five year olds …” "Bait and switch" is as good a term as any to
>> describe creating smokescreens as diversions from the issue.
> Enough already. We get it. You are unhappy with CP.
> But unless you write something of substance, then just stop wasting
> bandwidth.
> I doubt that I will find the time to get into the science of genes and
> preemptive surgery but I should remind comrades that I used to be a
> database administrator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering during which time I made
> a fairly serious attempt to get up to speed on cancer as a disease,
> particularly the social and economic implications.
> Two books I would strongly recommend:
> Samuel S. Epstein "The Politics of Cancer"
> Robert N. Proctor "Cancer Wars: How Politics Shapes What We Know And Don't
> Know About Cancer"
> Proctor's book is especially useful in taking up the ties between genetic
> predisposition and environment. I don't challenge the wisdom of women who
> can afford genetic testing to have such a procedure done, but unless we do
> something about the environment cancer will remain an epidemic.
> Given Angela Jolie's celebrity, the least thing you would expect is a
> mention of phenomena like "cancer alleys" that the disgusting Gina Kolata
> (sister of the late Judy Bari) has done everything to cast in skeptical
> terms.
> Finally, I just want to remind comrades that there are plenty of things in
> CP that I disagree with but the idea of organizing a fucking campaign to
> get Jeff to do a Maoist-style self-criticism is extremely stupid. The
> substance of Ruth Fowler's article has to be engaged and her decision to
> use the word "tits" has to be accepted on its own terms--namely the
> vocabulary of a female journalist who has pushed the envelope of what is
> expected of women her entire adult life. I think it speaks well of CP that
> it can provide a platform for him, as well as people like Arno Mayer, the
> preeminent historian of the past 50 years in my opinion.
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