[Marxism] Center for a Stateless Society » With “Socialists” Like Lawrence and Wishart, Who Needs Capitalists?

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Sat Apr 26 17:48:33 MDT 2014

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>From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
>Sent: Apr 26, 2014 7:42 PM
>To: Thomas F Barton <thomasfbarton at earthlink.net>
>Subject: [Marxism] Center for a Stateless Society » With “Socialists” Like Lawrence and Wishart, Who Needs Capitalists?
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>Aside from the rather contemptible display of self-pity and entitlement, 
>the statement reflects more than anything else an utter lack of business 
>sense. “Ultimately, in asking L&W to surrender copyrights in this 
>particular edition of the works of Marx & Engels, [Marxist Internet 
>Archive] and their supporters are asking that L&W, one of the few 
>remaining independent radical publishers in the UK, should commit 
>institutional suicide.” This is nonsense on stilts. The hard copy set of 
>the Collected Works, if bought as a complete set instead of one volume 
>at a time, sells for 1500 British Pounds, which is somewhere well north 
>of $2000. If Lawrence and Wishart can show one person, anywhere in the 
>world, who put off shelling out over two thousand bucks for a set of the 
>dead tree edition of Marx and Engels’ Collected Works because a digital 
>online edition was available, I will eat my own left hand – raw, and 
>without salt. The Marxist Internet Archive’s online edition of the 
>Collected Works is not costing Lawrence and Wishart a single solitary 
>sale. The only thing the online edition is competing against is a trip 
>to a university library. If anything, the online edition is free 
>advertising for the dead tree edition. In other words, Lawrence and 
>Wishart is governed by the same abject stupidity as the music and movie 
>industries – the dying music and movie industries.
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