[Marxism] The Merchants of Shame » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Carl G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Fri May 31 14:32:28 MDT 2013

"...how quickly the prosecutorial mindset of those possessed by a poisonous manifestation of identity politics can congeal into a lynch mob. It’s something that my old pal Alexander Cockburn knew intimately. In 1990, Alex was invited to speak by a gang of puritanical Trots at Reed College in Portland, a city almost paralyzed by the conventions of political correctness...

"The invitation was a setup. Instead of a lecture, a self-appointed tribunal had been convened to put Alex on trial for his series of provocative columns in The Nation, which denounced the sexual witch-hunts sweeping the country in the wake of the McMartin pre-school case. Along with the great Debbie Nathan, Alex was one of the very few journalists to slash through the toxic hysteria and expose the accusations as fraudulent claims cooked-up by politically-motivated social workers and therapists. At the time, Alex was derided as an 'anti-feminist,' but he was proved right. There were no apologies from his accusers.

"That case was deadly serious. L’affaire Jolie is comically absurd..."

On May 31, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/31/the-shame-merchants/

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